Dr. Sarah Stamps of MIT will be giving a lecture titled “Rift Parallel Deformation Along the East African Rift” as part of the Department of Earth and Environment’s Solid Earth Seminars. Dr. Stamps is a Post-Doc at MIT studying lithospheric dynamics and GPS geodesy. The lecture will be held from 11:00 to noon tomorrow, Nov 1st, 2013, in CAS 141C.
Chair of the Department Dr. Curtis Woodcock and Assistant Professor Dr. Robert Kennedy attended the USGS & NASA Landsat Science Team meeting this week. From Tuesday Oct 29th to Thursday Oct 31st, Dr. Woodcock and Dr. Kennedy met with fellow scientists and experts at the USGS Earth Resource Observation System Data Center in Sioux Falls, SD to discuss recent research and the future direction of Landsat and other remote sensing programs.
For over forty years the Landsat program has been collecting space-based images of the planet in an effort to provide data on the changing environment and landscape of the Earth. These images provide useful data to experts in agriculture, forestry, regional planning, geology, cartography, education, and other fields.
The 24 member team led by Dr. Woodcock and Dr. David Roy of South Dakota State University will serve from 2012 to 2017. Along with his responsibilities as team co-leader, Dr. Woodcock contributes his expertise in monitoring land cover condition, change, and type. Dr. Kennedy contributes his expertise in the use of time series approaches to improve Landsat’s characterization of land surface dynamics.
Professor Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler gave an invited talk earlier this week at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) as part of their Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry seminar series.
Fulweiler’s presentation, entitled “How we underestimated marine sediment nitrogen fixation,” focused on research her lab has been conducting in salt marshes and subtidal sediments around New England. Their research highlights the overlooked importance of sediment N-fixation in marine ecosystems. Included in her talk were the most recent research results from current lab members including Ph.D. student Sarah Foster and postdoctoral associate Dr. Silvia Newell. Fulweiler was excited to present the combined molecular-biogeochemical results that highlight the presence of N-fixation under a variety of environmental conditions as well as potential controls on geochemical rates. This combined approach is a new direction for her lab – and one that is providing key insights into this important and yet under-estimated process.
To learn more about WHOI visit their website.
For more information about Dr. Fulweiler’s lab and her team visit their lab website.
IPCC Working Group I Assessment Report released online: Prof. Ranga Myneni one of lead authors on Chapter 6 “Carbon and Other Biogeochemical Cycles”
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released an online version of Working Group I’s (WGI) section of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). Professor Ranga Myneni was a lead authors on Chapter Six “Carbon and Other Biogeochemical Cycles.”
The IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) assess the state of our current knowledge of climate change and provides scientific information to better equip policy makers on the future of climate change. Material from WGI’s portion of AR5 was used to prepare a Summary for Policy Makers (SPM) which was vetted by representatives of all governments involved and adopted as an official statement of The Physical Science Basis of Climate Change at this point. The SPM was released in late September 2013. Cambridge University Press will release print copies of WGI’s report, “Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis,” in the coming months.
IPCC will also release the remaining sections of AR5, Working Group II, Working Group III, and a Synthesis Report, in the coming months. For more information on IPCC and AR5 visit IPCC’s website.
Julie Shoemaker of Harvard will be giving a lecture tomorrow as part of the Department of Earth and Environment’s Biogeoscience’s Seminars. Her lecture will be on the topic of Wetland Methane and will be held tomorrow, Oct 30th 2013, at 3:30 pm in the Graduate Student Lounge Stone 442. Refreshment will follow the lecture.
Dr. Clive Lipchin and Leila Hashweh will be discussing Study Abroad opportunities in Israel. The event will be held tomorrow, Oct. 30th, 2013, in the Graduate Student Lounge Stone 442 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.
The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies is the premier environmental teaching and research program in the Middle East, preparing future Arab and Jewish leaders to cooperatively solve the region’s environmental challenges.
Professor Ranga Myneni and Research Professor Yuri Knyazikhin have published a new article entitled “Using hyperspectral vegetation indices to estimate the fraction of photosynthetically active radiation absorbed by corn canopies” in the International Journal of Remote Sensing. Changwei Tan of Yangzhou University of Yangzhou, China was lead author on the paper.
This past Saturday, Professor Ethan Baxter led a group of Boston University undergraduates and area high schoolers on a field trip to take samples of local rocks as part of the the Department of Earth and Environment’s “Rocks Beneath Our Toes” (RoBOT) Program.
Twelve of Dr. Baxter’s ES222 Mineralogy students along with 20 Acton-Boxborough high school students explored several sample sites in the Acton-Boxborough community, collecting rock samples for later analysis. The Mineralogy students carried on into the afternoon collecting samples from sites in New Hampshire, the last of which were outcrops on Dean Virginia Sapiro’s property.
Dr. Baxter and his students will use petrographic microscopes to analyze thin sections from the collected samples over the coming weeks; while RoBOT high school participants perform background research on the geography and underlying geology of the sample locations. Later this fall, the students will reunite at BU to discuss their findings and analyze the rock samples. The participants will then display their findings in a poster session.
For more information on the RoBOT program, check out Prof. Baxter’s flyer.
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Dr. Tom Ireland of Boston University will be giving a lecture titled “Teflon-HPLC – The Greatest Thing to Happen to Chromatography since HPLC” as part of the Department of Earth and Environment’s Solid Earth Seminars. The lecture will be held tomorrow, Friday Oct 25, 2013, at 11 am and will last one hour. The lecture will be given in the Stone Science Building room 141c. For more information on ongoing Department of Earth and Environment events see our calendar.
Mark Friedl will be giving a talk tomorrow, Wednesday Oct 23, 2013, at 3:30 pm in STO 442. His lecture will last one hour and will focus on the topic of phenology. His lecture is part of the continuing Terrestrial Biogeoscience Seminar Series. Check out the upcoming Terrestrial Biogeoscience Seminar schedule via Earth and Environment’s calendar or the Terrestrial Biogeoscience website.