By Joshua Rhodes Parsons
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Dan Li has published a new paper in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics.
The paper titled “Connections between the Ozmidov scale and mean velocity profile in stably stratified atmospheric surface layers” can be read at this link.
In addition, Prof. Li has also had two papers accepted in the Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems.
The paper “Exploring historical and future urban climate in the Earth System Modeling framework: 1. Model development and evaluation” can be accessed here.
The paper “Exploring historical and future urban climate in the Earth System Modeling framework: 2. Impact of urban land use over the Continental United States” can be accessed here.
To learn more about Professor Li’s work, check out his profile page.
The article, “Empirical evidence of contrasting soil moisture-percipitation feedbacks across the United States,” is available online at this link.
Tuttle and Salvucci’s work also received news coverage. A brief article titled “Soil moisture alters next-day rainfall in the United States” that discusses their findings can be found here.
Salvucci was Tuttle’s PhD advisor. To learn more about his work, check out his profile page.
Three Earth & Environment PhD candidates are among the winners of this year’s NASA Earth and Space Science (NESSF) Fellowship Program:
Eric Bullock was awarded the NESSF for his project titled “Improved Activity Data for Carbon Emissions from Forest Degradation Through Multi- Sensor Time Series Analysis in Southeast Asia.” Bullock is advised by Earth & Environment Professor Curtis Woodcock.
Taejin Park was awarded his fellowship for his project titled “Investigation on Changing Photosynthetically Active Growing Season and Gross Productivity of Northern Boreal/Arctic Vegetation Using EOS MODIS and Suomi VIIRS Data in Conjunction with Ground Observations.” Park is advised by E&E Professor Ranga Myneni.
More information about the NESSF program can be found here.
Earth & Environment Professor Duncan FitzGerald and his former graduate student, and now Assistant Professor at William and Mary, Chris Hein have published two new papers in the Journal of Coastal Research (JCR) and Sedimentology.
The JCR paper titled “Records of migration and ebb-delta breaching at historic and ancient tidal inlets along a river-fed paraglacial barrier island” is available online at this link.
The Sedimentology paper titled “Complex coastal change in response to autogenic basin infilling: an example from sub-tropical Holocene strandplain” is available online at this link.
To learn more about FitzGerald’s work, check out his profile page.
The paper “Predicting the evolutionary dynamics of seasonal adaptation to novel climates in Arabidopsis thaliana” is available online now at this link.
Wang is a PhD student in Geography advised by Professor Mark Friedl.
For more information on Prof. Myneni’s activties, please see http://sites.bu.edu/cliveg
Earth & Environment Research Associate Professor Rachel Abercrombie and recent E&E PhD recipient Dr. Kasey Aderhold (now with IRIS) have published a new paper in Journal of Geophysical Research – Solid Earth.
The paper is titled “Seismotectonics of diffuse plate boundary: Observations off the Sumatra-Andaman trench,” and it can be downloaded here.
The work in the paper formed a chapter in Aderhold’s PhD thesis. Aderhold received her PhD in Earth Science from Boston University this past year. Abercrombie was her advisor.
For more information on Abercrombie’s work, check out her profile page.
The PEcAn Project, headed by Associate Professor Mike Dietze, will be holding a workshop this week from May 9th -11th on Terrestrial Model Informatics. Starting in the afternoon on the 9th and ending in the evening of the 11th, it will primarily take place in Room 453 of the Stone Science Building.
Eleven representatives from different ecological/land surface modelling teams will be attending to identify informatic, analysis, and cyber-infrastructure bottlenecks in the current workflows of the terrestrial ecosystem/land surface modeling community. In addition, the PEcAn team will soliciting their feedback to outline a development road-map so that the project can better provide the tools and analysis the community needs.
More information will be posted on the PEcAn Project website (http://pecanproject.github.io/) and all are welcome to attend.
Each year, Earth & Environment Professor Duncan Fitzgerald and his ES 142 Beaches and Shoreline students take an annual trip to Cape Cod.
This year’s trip took place this past Saturday where students boarded buses at BU at 8:00 am and made the hour-long journey to the Cape. After arriving, students were provided with guidebooks and headed for Humarock Beach in Marshfield where they viewed an eroding drumlin cliff, a boulder retreat platform, and various types of protective engineering structures. This particularly spit system is sediment-starved and severely impacted during winter storms.
The trip included six stops covering dunes, marshes, tidal inlets, beach processes, and glacial landforms. Students learned about the 15 ka evolution of Cape Cod and examined the present-day effects of sea-level rise. The trip ended after climbing the 30-m high parabolic dunes in the Province Lands of the outer Cape (see below).
An article titled “Greening of the Earth and its Drivers” has been published on April 25th 2016 reporting carbon dioxide as the major reason for greening of our planet. All related materials can be found at