The NE Climate Adaptation Science Center recently funded two project by the Dept. of Geosciences: Dr.'s Jon Woodruff, Brian Yellen, Tim Cook, received research funding to study climate change's effects on tidal wetlands in the Northeast, while Dr. Rob DeConto received funding to research local sea level rise & vulnerability along its coastline.
Dr. Christine Hatch has been selected as one of nine fellows to participate in the 2018-2019 U-Mass Amherst Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship. The Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship (SCF) is a year-long interdisciplinary fellowship program that enables UMass faculty to cultivate teaching excellence in sustainability. Read More...
Dr. Forrest Bowlick was recently awarded funding for an NSF grant proposal titled 'Hour of Cyberinfrastructure: Developing Cyber Literacy for Geographic Information Science’. He and his colleagues will be developing one-hour, Jupyter notebook based learning materials to broaden teaching and learning capacities in modern GIS instructional needs, and providing training and outreach opportunities for students and faculty. It is a three year grant in collaboration with researchers at Minnesota, Illinois, and S.
Stepping out of a capsule no bigger than a modest home kitchen, the four-person crew of NASA’s latest Human Exploration Research Analog study “returned” to Earth last month after a 45-day mission to fictional asteroid Geographos. Although the capsule never actually left NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, the mission’s results could shape how the space agency’s astronauts someday handle the isolation, confinement and sleep deprivation likely to occur during interplanetary travel.
A pond full of decaying oak leaves soon turns as brown as tea. Eventually, much of that rotting organic matter is released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. Now, a new study by graduate student Jiwei Li and Dr. Qian Yu could improve scientists’ ability to track such emissions by improving how satellites detect dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in freshwater.
The formation mechanism of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York has long posed a geologic mystery, say seismology researchers at the nearby University of Massachusetts Amherst. A few have been proposed, but until recently tools for evaluating them were not in place, say Geosciences postdoctoral fellow Xiaotao Yang and assistant professor Haiying Gao.
Scientists know that the Arctic is warming faster than any other region, and this is associated with greatly reduced extent and seasonal persistence of sea-ice.
In a new paper in Quaternary Science Reviews, successful PhD candidate Greg de Wet and fellow researchers use the sedimentological record proglacial lake Gjøavatnet on Amsterdamøya, NW Svalbard to reconstruct the activity of the Annabreen glacier across the entire Holocene. The paper can be accessed here.
Several of our undergraduate are giving presentations this Friday, April 28, at the 23rd Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference. More information about the conference can be found here. A list of students and the research they are presenting can be found in the photo.
The Department of Geosciences is participating in #UMassGives to upgrade our introductory laboratory instruction classroom and outfit it with polished rock tabletops. This will give our students essential, tangible tools for their explorations as part of our introductory courses.
Dr. David Boutt published a recent research in the journal Hydrological Processes showing that upland aquifer systems dominated by thin deposits of surface till – a jumbled, unsorted material deposited by glaciers – make up about 70 percent of the active and dynamic groundwater storage for the region.Read more about the research here.
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