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.
Using newly discovered archival measurements to construct an instrumental record of water levels and storm tides in Boston since 1825, researchers report today that local averaged relative sea level rose by nearly a foot (0.28 meters) over the past 200 years, with the greatest increase occurring since 1920. The work also highlights tides and their significant effect on flooding in the city. Read more...
The School of Earth & Sustainability (SES) announces a Call for Submissions for the Student Showcase that is part of the SES Launch on Wednesday, April 19th
Submissions accepted until April 12 at 5 pm. Submit here.
"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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