Category: 2017

Farouk El-Baz will receive 2018 Inamori Ethics Prize

December 21st, 2017 in 2017, Awards, Dec-17, Faculty, Farouk El-Baz, News

Farouk El-Baz, founding director of BU’s Center for Remote Sensing, will receive the 2018 Inamori Ethics Prize in recognition of contributions to NASA’s Apollo space program and search for desperately needed scarce resources on the Earth to save lives and resolve deadly conflicts. Inamori Center director Shannon French referred to Dr. El-Baz as “an international treasure.”

El-Baz is known for pioneering work in applying space images to groundwater exploration in arid lands. Based on the analysis of space photographs, his recommendations resulted in the discovery of groundwater resources in Egypt, India, China, Sudan, Sultanate of Oman, United Arab Emirates and Chad.

The Center for Remote Sensing was established at BU in 1986 as a facility for scientific research in the fields of archaeology, geography and geology. It use satellite images and other data from airborne and ground sensors to study the Earth and its resources, particularly groundwater. This includes the monitoring of environmental changes due to both natural processes and human activities. In 1997, the Center was selected by NASA as a “Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing.”

PhD student Claudia Mazur joined Deep Sea Submergence Committee New Users Program

December 20th, 2017 in 2017, Dec-17, Faculty, Graduate students, News, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler, Trips

Claudia Mazur, a first-year PhD student working with Wally Fulweiler, participated in the 2017 Deep Sea Submergence Committee (DeSSC) New Users Program, a workshop tailored to new users of deep submergence facilities such as U.S. submersible Alvin, the remotely operated vehicle Jason/Medea, and the autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry. At the meeting, Claudia engaged in trainings where she learned how to develop research programs that use these vehicles and networked with scientists actively involved in deep-sea research. Claudia hopes to use the skills she learned from this meeting to conduct research on nitrogen cycling in sediments off the continental shelf and in the deep sea.

Recent alum Yaofeng Gu publishes in Urban Climate with Assistant Professor Dan Li

December 19th, 2017 in 2017, Alumni, Dan Li, Dec-17, Faculty, Former Students, News, Pub-17, Publications, Undergraduate

Yaofeng Gu, a recently Earth & Environment graduate and now an MA student at Duke University, has recently published “A modeling study of the sensitivity of urban heat islands to precipitation at climate scales” in the journal Urban Climate. The research was based on his Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) project with Prof. Dan Li. The paper uses a state-of-the-art earth system model to examine the sensitivity of urban heat islands across the continental United States to precipitation changes at long-term, climate scales. The results have important implications for understanding how urban heat islands respond to global climate change and for improving urban parameterizations in global climate and earth system models. His research was also reported in BU Today.

Assistant Professor Christine Regalla and colleagues publish in Tectonics

December 19th, 2017 in 2017, Christine Regalla, Dec-17, Faculty, News, Pub-17, Publications

Assistant Professor Christine Regalla and colleagues have published “Slip Inversion Along Inner Fore-Arc Faults, Eastern Tohoku, Japan” in the journal Tectonics. This work highlights the potential for reversals in forearc fault slip sense not only over the million-year time frame in response to changing tectonic boundary conditions, but also over decadal time scales in response to changes in stress state following large-magnitude subduction earthquakes.

Minkyu Moon, Mark Friedl, and carbon absorption featured in BU Today

December 14th, 2017 in 2017, Dec-17, Faculty, Graduate students, Mark Friedl, News

PhD candidate Minkyu Moon and Professor Mark Friedl were featured in BU Today, discussing the relationship between ecosystems and climate change. “Their research, which combines satellite data with on-the-ground measurements, suggests that as global temperatures rise, spring in the U.S. Northeast is starting earlier.” Click here to read the article.

Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler joins Baird Sea Grant Symposium

December 13th, 2017 in 2017, Dec-17, Events, Faculty, News, Presentations, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler, Talks

Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler participated in the Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium, a forum for researchers, resource managers, and stakeholders to discuss the most current science in various areas important to Rhode Island coastal communities and coastal and ocean environments. Dr. Fulweiler noted that quantifying the impacts of the changing climate and decrease nutrient loading are Narragansett Bay’s biggest challenges and opportunities. Click here to download her presentation, and read more about the event here.

PhD student Hollie Emery publishes on tidal restoration with Associate Professor Fulweiler

December 13th, 2017 in 2017, Dec-17, Faculty, Graduate students, News, Pub-17, Publications, Robinson "Wally" Fulweiler

PhD student Hollie Emery joined Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler in co-authoring an article on tidal restoration. “Tidal restriction from coastal development can alter salt marsh plant and animal communities as well as marsh biogeochemistry,” they note. “However, much less is known about how tidal restriction, and subsequent tidal restoration, may alter greenhouse gas emissions.” Read the full article in Ecosphere.

Lecturer Rick Reibstein publishes on carbon emissions lawsuit

December 13th, 2017 in 2017, Dec-17, Faculty, News, Pub-17, Publications, Rick Reibstein

Lecturer Rick Reibstein has published in the latest issue of TYL, the publication of the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association.

The 2016 ruling in Kelsey Cascadia Rose Juliana v. USA is one of the greatest recent events in our system of law. A group of children between the ages of eight and nineteen filed suit against the federal government, asking the court to order the government to act on climate change, asserting harm from carbon emissions. Read the full article here.

Spanish speaker needed for conservation research

December 12th, 2017 in 2017, Christoph Nolte, Dec-17, Faculty, Graduate students, Interviews, Undergraduate

Assistant Professor Christoph Nolte is looking for a fluent Spanish speaker ot help conduct remote interviews with representatives of Colombia’s public environmental agencies.

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BU commits to net zero by 2040

December 8th, 2017 in 2017, Anthony Janetos, Faculty, Lucy Hutyra, Nathan Phillips, News, Robert Kaufmann

BU trustees have approved an aggressive climate action plan that aims to reduce direct emissions to zero on BU’s campuses by 2040, make buildings more energy-efficient and resilient to flooding, and shifts away from fossil fuels to wind and solar sources. The recommendations were made by the BU Climate Action Task Force, chaired by Earth & Environment Professor Anthony Janetos, joined by EAP major Bridget Baker, Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra, Professor Robert Kaufmann, Professor Nathan Phillips, and Adjunct Assistant Professor/Director of Sustainability Dennis Carlberg. Click to read the full announcement.