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.”
Portrait of an Integrated Research and Extension Project: RiverSmart
Supporting Flood Prevention and Remediation in New England
RiverSmart Communities and Federal Collaborators: Attuning federal agencies and programs with state, regional and local efforts to support ecologically restorative flood prevention and remediation in New England
The Department of Geosciences and University of Massachusetts mourn the death of Bill Bromery.
The UMass Department of Geosciences announces with great sorrow the death on February 26, 2013, of former professor and department head, Randolph W. Bromery.
Laurie Brown delivered the final Distinguished Lecture Series of the academic year on March 11th, in the Massachusetts Room at the Mullins Center. Following her talk on reversals of the Earth's magnetic fields, Dr. Kumble R. Subbaswamy presented Dr. Brown with the Chancellor's Award. A reception followed the lecture and presentation.
For more than 30 years, climate scientists have debated whether flood waters from melting of the enormous Laurentide Ice Sheet, which ushered in the last major cold episode on Earth about 12,900 years ago, flowed northwest into the Arctic first, or east via the Gulf of St. Lawrence, to weaken ocean thermohaline circulation and have a frigid effect on global climate.
The Joseph Hartshorn Endowed Graduate Scholarship in Quaternary Geology will provide annual scholarships to graduate students in the Geosciences Department. Established as a tribute to the late Professor Hartshorn, the scholarship will honor his standard-setting work in glacial geology and his dedication as an educator.
Michael Rawlins, UMass Extension Assistant Professor and the manager of the Climate Research Center was recently interviewed by the UMass-Five College public radio station, WFCR. On September 17th, they broadcast a segment on how the Fall weather might affect the length of the mosquito season on Morning Edition.
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