Dr. Michael Rawlins, associate director of the Climate Systems Research Center, received grants from NASA and the U.S. DOE to study climate driven changes in arctic ecosystems. The grants will allow Rawlins and his team to expand on his multi-institutional effort to understand biological processes and land-ocean interactions controlling the structure and function of the Beaufort Lagoons complex in northern Alaska.
Dr. Robert DeConto has received a four-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Prediction of and Resilience Against Extreme Events (PREEVENTS) program.The goal of the grant is to better characterize the uncertainty in sea-level rise predictions and coastal flooding risk that stems from complex ice-sheet physics and interactions among the ice sheets, ocean, atmosphere and underlying solid land.
Associate Professor David Boutt received an award from the state of Massachusetts to continue monitoring isotopes in groundwater across the state. These data can be used to examine the impacts of drought vs. wet weather on groundwater.
The American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Focus Group announced this week that it has chosen Isaac Larsen, assistant professor of geosciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, to receive the coveted Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award for 2017. It recognizes a young scientist “for making a significant and outstanding contribution that advances the field of earth and planetary surface processes.”
"Computer Science and Programming Courses in Geography Departments in the United States", by new faculty member Dr. Forrest Bowlick and colleagues, was published this past month in The Professional Geographer. The paper summarizes research into how professionally-required computer science and programming skills are integrated into the degree requirements of over 50 GIST and Geography programs in the United States.Read the paper here.
The UMass Amherst Libraries host an interactive sustainability event, “A Climate for Change: Research, Reflection and Action Around Climate Change,” on Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 4 – 7 p.m. on the Lower Level of the W. E. B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited.
From Source to Sink: Exploring the impact of climate and landscapes on water's journey
Where does water go when it rains? Where does your drinking water come from? Where does it go after you wash the dishes or take a shower?
Michael Rawlins has received a five-year, $370,000 grant from the National Science Foundation as part of a multi-institution effort to better understand biological processes and land-ocean interactions controlling the structure and function of coastal lagoons in northern Alaska. Read the full story here and here.
Michael A. Rawlins, associate director of the Climate System Research Center, says in an interview with the Daily Hampshire Gazette that research is inconclusive on whether climate change is leading to more tornadoes such as the one that hit Conway last weekend. But he does say warmer weather helps create conditions that make tornadoes possible.
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