Category: Bruce Anderson

Professor Bruce Anderson speaks about his success with a “flipped” classroom model

March 15th, 2017 in 2017, Bruce Anderson, Faculty, Mar-17, News, Talks

BU’s Digital Learning & Innovation recently put together a video and news item on the successful transition of GE 310 (Climate and the Environment) from a traditional lecture-style class to a flipped classroom model. Click to read the full story. Following from this success, Prof. Anderson plans to host a 1-hour discussion and tutorial on what he learned from the experience. Details on the time/date will be provided once they are finalized.

Click to view the video.

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Professor Bruce Anderson speaks with WTBU about Boston’s record-breaking winter

March 1st, 2017 in 2017, Bruce Anderson, Faculty, Feb-17, Interviews, News

Professor Bruce Anderson spoke with WTBU Radio on February 28 about Boston’s recent record-breaking temperatures in the context of global climate change.

This wide-ranging interview touched upon the recent spate of unusually warm weather here in Boston, the excessive number of record-breaking temperatures being experienced around the nation and globe, the global communities contribution to the increasing frequency of these extremes, and what we can do to prevent similar extremes from becoming a regular occurrence, now and for the next 5000 years.

Click to listen and jump to 0:10:20.

Ducan FitzGerald, Bruce Anderson, Zoe Hughes participate in Boston Research Advisory Group and have their finding featured in Boston Globe

June 27th, 2016 in 2016, Bruce Anderson, Duncan FitzGerald, Faculty, Joining Team/Committee, Jun-16, News, Pub-16, Publications, Researchers

Duncan FitzGerald

Duncan FitzGerald

Bruce Anderson

Bruce Anderson

Earth & Environment Professors Duncan FitzGerald and Bruce Anderson and E&E postdoctoral associate Zoe Hughes took part in the writing of a report title Climate Ready Boston that was featured in a news article in the Boston Globe.

The report is the product of work done by the Boston Research Advisory Group that was established in 2015 to develop a consensus on the possible climate changes and sea-level rise that the city of Boston will face during the next century. Anderson, FitzGerald, and Hughes are all part of the advisory group team.

Zoe Hughes

Zoe Hughes

The Boston Globe article “Climate change could be even worse for Boston than previously thought” can be read here.

The full Climate Ready Boston report can be downloaded and read by clicking on this link.

Bruce Anderson and Dan Gianotti lead study published in Geophysical Research Letters

April 13th, 2016 in 2016, Apr-16, Bruce Anderson, Faculty, Graduate students, Pub-16, Publications

Bruce Anderson

Bruce Anderson

Earth & Environment Professor Bruce Anderson and PhD candidate Dan Gianotti along with collaborators from Georgia Tech and the University of Oklahoma have published a new paper in Geophysical Research Letters. The paper is titled “A decadal precession of atmospheric pressures over the North Pacific.” It can be downloaded here.

In the paper, Anderson and Gianotti reveal a previously undocumented mode of atmospheric variability—termed the Pacific Decadal Precession (PDP)—that consists of a slow (~10 year) progression of atmospheric pressure variations around the North Pacific basin. Importantly, this evolution is accompanied by persistent, multi-year shifts in atmospheric circulations and concomitant changes to regional climates that can impose significant pressures on physical, biological and socio-economic systems, recent manifestations of which include the extended droughts across California, record fire seasons across western Canada, and destabilization of marine ecosystems in the North Pacific. Given the potential of the PDP to impact these and other systems, enhanced predictive understanding of its behavior leading to improved forecasts of its subsequent evolution could benefit a wide range of scientific, practitioner and user communities.

Gianotti is a PhD candidate in Earth Sciences who is jointly advised by Anderson and Professor Guido Salvucci.

To learn more about Prof. Anderson’s work, you can visit his website here.

Bruce Anderson and Magaly Koch part of new $10 million, 5-year NASA K-12 project

April 12th, 2016 in 2016, Apr-16, Bruce Anderson, Faculty, Grants

Bruce Anderson

Bruce Anderson

E&E Professor Bruce Anderson and BU Center for Remote Sensing Research Associate Professor Magaly Koch, along with School of Education Professors Peter Garik, Donald Derosa and Evangeline Stefanakis, were recently awarded $3 million as part of a $10 million multi-institutional NASA project called “MISSION EARTH: Fusing GLOBE with NASA Assets to Build Systemic Innovation In STEM Education.”

The project seeks to leverage the resources of both NASA and Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) in order to develop a K-12 progression of activities to get students out taking observations that they can compare with NASA satellite imagery and use to do real, hands-on science about their local environment within a global perspective.  The unique contribution of the project will be to develop these activities such that they build upon each other as the students complete each grade so that the students are eventually able to use GLOBE and NASA resources to propose and answer their own original research questions.

To learn more about Prof. Anderson’s work, you can visit his website here .  To learn more about Prof. Koch’s work, you can visit her website here.

Bruce Anderson wins prestigious American Meteorological Society Editor’s Award

February 9th, 2016 in Awards, Bruce Anderson, Faculty

Bruce Anderson

Bruce Anderson

Earth & Environment Professor Bruce Anderson received the American Meteorological Society’s 2016 Editor’s Award from the Journal of Climate.  This award was given for his consistently outstanding and insightful reviews of manuscripts across a broad array of topics related to climate dynamics.  The award was presented at the 96th annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society, held this past January in New Orleans.

To learn more about Prof. Anderson’s work, you can visit his website here.

Bruce Anderson and Anthony Janetos Help Lead 2-day Training of Climate Change Officers

January 26th, 2016 in 2016, Anthony Janetos, Bruce Anderson, Events, Faculty, Jan-16

Bruce Anderson

Bruce Anderson

Earth & Environment Professors Bruce Anderson and Anthony Janetos, along with participants from NOAA, the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers, IFC International and the City of Cambridge, led a 2-day training of professional and governmental leaders designed to increase their understanding of climate science and variability, identify their exposure to climate hazards, and help them conduct vulnerability assessments.

Run by the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), these regional trainings are part of a certification process that enables individuals within private, civic, and government organizations to develop strategies for responding to climate-related risks and opportunities, and to build enterprise capacity and leadership to respond to climate change.

Tony Janetos

Tony Janetos

This was the inaugural training for the New England CCOs; others have been held in Washington DC, Florida, and California.

To learn more about Prof. Anderson’s work, you can visit his website here.

To learn more about Prof. Janetos’s work, you can visit his website here.

Pam Templer, Bruce Anderson and Anthony Fusco Publish Paper in Ecology

April 23rd, 2015 in 2015, Apr-15, Bruce Anderson, Faculty, Graduate students, Pub-15, Publications

Bruce Anderson

Bruce Anderson

Biology Associate Professor Pam Templer and Earth & Environment Professor Bruce Anderson and PhD Candidate Toby Fusco along with collaborators from Cornell University, UC Berkeley, Syracuse University, University of New Hampshire, and the USDA published a new paper in Ecology. The paper is titled “The promise and peril of intensive-site-based ecological research: .”

Toby Fusco

Toby Fusco

Given the continuing trend toward increasing concentration of field ecology research at intensive sites such as NSF’s NEON and LTER, this paper looked at the representativeness, and uniqueness, of one of the earliest intensive research sites in North America, the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest (HBEF).  By comparing its physical, chemical, hydrological, and ecological characteristics with other sites across the broader Northeast U.S., the paper sought to use the HBEF research experience to assess the benefits, and drawbacks, of intensive site based research and identify those processes for which such concentration of resources is best suited.

To learn more about Prof. Anderson’s work, you can visit his website here.

Bruce Anderson leads international study on terrestrial precipitation

April 8th, 2015 in 2015, Apr-15, Bruce Anderson, Faculty, Pub-15, Publications

Bruce Anderson

Bruce Anderson

Professor Bruce Anderson along with collaborators from the University of Reading, the University of Queensland, UCLA and Rutgers, published a new paper in Geophysical Research Letters. The paper is titled “Sensitivity of terrestrial precipitation trends to the structural evolution of sea-surface temperatures.” It can be downloaded here.

While variations and trends in terrestrial precipitation have important consequences for social, economic, and biological systems across the globe, projected changes in terrestrial precipitation are one of the least robust signals of human-induced climate change. In this paper, we show that differences in the pattern of warming, not in the global-mean warming itself, best capture differences in projected terrestrial precipitation trends from one climate model to another. Importantly, in certain regions—particularly those with high population and biodiversity—improved terrestrial precipitation projections can be obtained if we can better constrain how the ocean will evolve in response to human-induced climate forcing. However, in other regions  our projections will continue to remain highly uncertain due to unpredictable, internal variations of the ocean itself.

To learn more about Prof. Anderson’s work, you can visit his website here.

Bruce Anderson, Dan Gianotti and Guido Salvucci publish new findings in the Journal of Hydrometeorology

April 2nd, 2015 in 2015, Apr-15, Bruce Anderson, Faculty, Graduate students, Guido Salvucci, Pub-15, Publications

Bruce Anderson

Bruce Anderson

Earth & Environment Professor Bruce Anderson, PhD candidate Dan Gianotti and Professor Guido Salvucci have published a new paper in the Journal of Hydrometeorology. The paper is titled “Characterizing the potential predictability of seasonal, station-based heavy precipitation accumulations and extreme dry-spell durations.” It can be downloaded here

Using daily precipitation data collected over the last 80+ years at stations across the US, the paper assesses the potential for predicting seasonal precipitation extremes such as extreme dry spells leading to droughts like those in California or heavy precipitation events like those that occurred this past winter in Boston.  Generally, predictability is higher for heavy precipitation events than droughts, and is enhanced during the cool season compared to the warm season.  That said, here in the Northeast, wintertime precipitation extremes have very little predictability to them.  Or put another way, the preponderance of snow this past winter can, for the most part, just be chalked up to bad luck.

Dan Gianotti

Dan Gianotti

Guido Salvucci

Guido Salvucci

Gianotti is a PhD candidate in Earth Sciences who is jointly advised by Anderson and Salvucci.

To learn more about Prof. Anderson’s work, you can visit his website here.  To learn more about Prof. Salvucci’s work, check out his profile, or see his recent news and publications.