Category: Bruce Anderson

Dan Short Gianotti, Bruce Anderson, and Guido Salvucci publish paper in Journal of Climate

October 3rd, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Bruce Anderson, Faculty, Graduate students, Guido Salvucci, Oct-14, Publications

Earth & Environment graduate student Dan Gianotti and Professors Bruce Anderson and Guido Salvucci have recently published a paper in the Journal of Climate.

The paper, “The Potential Predictability of Precipitation Occurrence, Intensity and Seasonal Totals over the Continental United States,” was published in September and can be accessed online.

The study breaks the variability of precipitation into “weather” and ”climate” components and finds that most of the opportunity for seasonal climate prediction lies in precipitation occurrence rather than intensity or seasonal total precipitation.

Dan Gianotti is a Ph.D. candidate working with Anderson and Salvucci on hydrology, climate systems, and the interactions between people and water. To learn more about Gianotti’s work, check out his website.

To learn more about the work of Bruce Anderson and Guido Salvucci, visit their profile pages on our website.

Bruce Anderson to give lecture at Climate Change Teach-In on Oct. 7th

September 30th, 2014 in 2014, Bruce Anderson, Faculty, News, Oct-14, Talks

Earth & Environment Professor Bruce Anderson will be at UMass Lowell this coming Tuesday, October 7th, to take part in Climate Change Teach-In.

The event “Taking the High Ground: Real Actions to Address Global Climate Change” will feature Anderson, Dr. John Sterman of MIT, and Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone. Together the speakers will address climate change, communication, and policies related to society’s choices regarding climate change and how those choices will impact our collective future.

The event will be held from 4 to 6 pm at Cumnock Hall on the North Campus of UMass Lowell.

Registration is free and open to the the public, but space is limited to register early!

Bruce Anderson co-authors Nature paper refuting widely publicized study of ecological impacts arising from climate change

July 16th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Bruce Anderson, Faculty, July-14, News, Publications

Professor Bruce Anderson, along with many of the lead authors of the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report, coauthored a comment in the journal Nature. The comment is titled “Uncertainties in the timing of unprecedented climates.” It can be downloaded here.

The comment shows how methodological flaws in the first study resulted in artificially low uncertainty in the timing of climatic impacts on biodiversity hotspots, an oversight that can lead to poor planning decisions and that hopefully will be avoided in the future by researchers interested in climatic impacts upon ecological and human welfare.

An accompanying News & Views article titled “Climate science: Expulsion from history” explaining the significance of this paper is also published in Nature – the first time they have ever done this for a comment.  It can be downloaded here.

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

Bruce Anderson promoted to Full Professor

March 19th, 2014 in 2014, Awards, Bruce Anderson, Faculty, March-14

Earth & Environment Professor Bruce Anderson has recently earned the status of Full Professor.

Anderson and 12 other new Full Professors were featured in a BU Today article published today.

To learn more about the work of Bruce Anderson, visit his section of our publications page, or view our Department Media page, featuring videos of Anderson and other Professors.

Professor Anderson – Why The Earth Is Warming

March 27th, 2013 in 2013, Bruce Anderson, Faculty, March-13, News


Bruce Anderson didn’t set out to prove that the rise in global temperatures since the start of the Industrial Revolution is caused by human activity. And the five-year study that he and four colleagues then published in the October 2012 Journal of Climate doesn’t draw that conclusion, but it does suggest that man-made pollutants are to blame.

The study, which tested three hypotheses about causes of the warming trend, debunks alternative theories that have been floated in recent years. At the same time, says Anderson, a College of Arts & Sciences associate professor of earth and environment, the research strengthens the theory that humans are responsible for the phenomenon, in which carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and the other gases we emit accumulate in the atmosphere, trapping the heat that radiates from the Earth.

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Professor Myneni – Tracking Change, Predicting Trouble

March 27th, 2013 in 2013, 2013, Bruce Anderson, Faculty, March-13, News, Publications, Ranga Myneni


Winter is getting warmer, spring is coming earlier, and plants are enjoying an extended growing season in northern areas. But that is not good news. In this weeklong series, BU researchers explore the science behind Earth’s environmental changes, and what they mean for our future.

“It’s the initial gold rush,” says Ranga Myneni, a College of Arts & Science professor of earth and environment, but what will follow will not be pleasant. As vegetation flourishes, it could draw down the water supply, bringing on drought, insect infestations, and forest fires. What was once green, lush land could become brown and barren.

In an article published in Nature Climate Change on March 10, Myneni and 21 collaborators describe how seasonal temperatures and vegetation north of the U.S.-Canada border have shifted over the past 30 years to what is typically experienced four to seven degrees latitude to the south. Should global warming continue at its current pace, Bruce Anderson, a CAS associate professor of earth and environment, who worked with Myneni on the paper, predicts a further latitudinal shift of as much as 20 degrees south by the end of the century. That means arctic and boreal regions of Canada would look and feel much more like the southern United States.

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Professor Bruce Anderson appointed to serve on Steering Committee for US Climate Research

January 29th, 2013 in 2013, Bruce Anderson, Faculty, January-13, Joining Team/Committee

Professor Bruce Anderson appointed to serve on the Scientific Steering Committee for the US Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) Program.

In addition, Prof. Anderson has been appointed as co-chair of the U.S. CLIVAR Predictability, Prediction and Applications Interface Panel. US CLIVAR is responsible for facilitating the development of important climate research efforts in the US.  Over the next two years, the Program is embarking on an effort to develop a new US CLIVAR Science Plan to set goals and objectives guiding the U.S. climate research directions for the coming 15 years.  In addition, it fosters improved practices in the dissemination and use of climate information and forecasts within the US and international communities.  CLIVAR itself is an international, interdisciplinary research effort within the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) designed to facilitate analysis and prediction of Earth system variability and change for use in an increasing range of practical applications of direct relevance, benefit and value to society.

Professor Bruce Anderson, Part of New NSF Collaborative Award

November 13th, 2012 in 2012, Bruce Anderson, Faculty, Grants

“RCN-SEES: Engineering Research Collaboratory for Sustainable Infrastructure in a Changing Climate” The goal of this 4-yr grant is to create a multi-institution collaboratory to support the integration of climate science and engineering research for sustainable transportation infrastructure (Infrastructure and Climate Network – ICNet). Prof. Anderson serves as a Co-I on this proposal and will provide expertise on the changing nature of climate extremes and the risk they pose to the physical transportation infrastructure around New England.

The full announcement can be found here: