Professor Cutler Cleveland joined a discussed with Greenovate City of Boston entitled “Let’s Talk Carbon Neutrality.” The conversation with the Carbon Free Boston project team addressed the attempt to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions. Greenovate is working with BU’s Institute for Sustainable Energy, the Green Ribbon Commission, and other collaborators to review the costs and benefits of policies and technologies that will help Boston become carbon neutral by 2050.
Congratulations to PhD candidate Jon Wang and first-year PhD student Kathryn Wheeler, who have each received an Outstanding Student Paper Award from the AGU Fall Meeting 2017.
Wang’s presentation was entitled “Multidecadal Rates of Disturbance- and Climate Change-Induced Land Cover Change in Arctic and Boreal Ecosystems over Western Canada and Alaska Inferred from Dense Landsat Time Series.”
Both student were in the Biogeosciences division.
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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.
Professor Suchi Gopal has been invited as a panelist for the upcoming Society for Women in Marine Science annual symposium, “Swimming in Confidence: Declaring Your Scientific Authority.” Professor Gopal and her colleagues will close the event with the panel “The Journey to Confidence.”
Society for Women in Marine Science
4th Annual SWMS Symposium
Friday, November 3, 2017
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
“A Public Conversation on Lead,” a new film by lecturer Rick Reibstein and Rebecca Reibstein, will be featured at the 2017 APHA Global Public Health Film Festival during the APHA Annual Meeting & Expo in Atlanta in November.
As the disgust and dismay about the events in Flint, Michigan, lingers, lead itself lingers. Are we responding as we should? We asked experts who have worked on lead for years to start a public conversation. Democracy is a tool that can be used to solve our problems. Lead poisoning is a serious shared problem we cannot turn from. We need to talk about what to do so we can do it. We asked people who have worked on the problems for many years to tell us what they think we should consider. The results are powerful, moving, fascinating, important, and most of all, instructive.
Making a Big Impact in Sustainability Science with Big Data
Thursday, September 21, 2017 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM EDT
Issues in sustainability science are increasingly being addressed using “big data” and data analytics. Data rich modeling techniques can assist in improving systems thinking to integrate business operations, people, ecosystems and climate.
Join in a free webinar demonstrating the application of computational modelling of natural and social processes to identify patterns, trends, and associations that can inform sustainability decision making.
The presentations will be appropriate for a non-technical audience and include five case studies:
- Behavioral Correlations: Are hybrid or electric car drivers more likely to solarize their roofs? This project explores behavior and attitudinal data of some consumers in Massachusetts.
- Analyzing Flood Risk: Flood insurance is increasingly important for residential and commercial property owners. Flood risk is still mapped using USGS 100 year flood maps. These maps have to be completely updated and revised using new satellite data that can be analyzed to provide better risk probability profiles based on International panel on Climate Change (IPCC) models. This example reports on work for a commercial insurance company.
- Forensic Environmental Investigations Using Neural Networks: Urban sustainability includes protecting urban trees and forests. Panelists applied unsupervised neural networks to examine the impact of natural gas leaks caused by aging infrastructure that resulted in tree mortality in Boston
- Predicting Malaria Hot Spots: Increasing temperatures in the highland regions of East Shoa in Ethiopia have led to increased incidence of malaria. Spatial statistical analysis, shown in this example, predicted the clusters or hot spots of malaria.
- Municipal Resilience Snapshots: Designing and implementing sustainability metrics for a neighborhood or town can provide a quick snapshot of its current or future social and natural resiliency, as illustrated in this example.
This summer research associate professor Pontus Olofsson conducted workshops for Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The instruction was in support of Vietnam’s REED+ reporting in coordination with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; it focused on estimating deforestation and greenhouse gas inventory.
Student Katelyn Tarrio presents to MA Department of Environmental Protection’s Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee
On March 23 BU undergraduate student Katelyn Tarrio presented to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee. There were approximately 50 officials and professionals in attendance, and the presentation was taped and live-streamed to other agencies and officials involved in waste site cleanup. Tarrio has produced maps of contaminated sites vulnerable to increased flooding due to climate change. DEP’s Thomas Potter asked for the presentation so that waste site cleanup professionals will take this risk into consideration. Tarrio’s work is one of the first efforts to use new FEMA flood maps to target the most at-risk sites. Her presentation was extremely well received. The work was produced as part of Rick Reibstein‘s Directed Study course “Research for Environmental Agencies,” and the original work is at www.bu.edu/rccp. Antonio Chidiac assisted with the project.
Raoul Liévanos, associate professor of sociology at the University of Oregon, kicks off Earth & Environment’s Seminar Series on Race, Justice, and Environment.
Producing Air-Toxic Clusters: Risk Containment and Environmental Inequality Formation
Racial, economic, and immigrant disadvantage predominate in air-toxic cancer risk clusters in the United States. This talk features ongoing research that advances our understanding of the general mechanisms that contribute to this context of environmental inequality in a historical case study of the Stockton, California metropolitan area from 1850 to 2005. The analysis highlights how industrialization, mortgage redlining, urban renewal, freeway development, and political conflict over court-ordered school district desegregation contributed to the concentration of low-income, nonwhite, and immigrant individuals in Stockton’s air-toxic cancer risk clusters. The talk concludes with a discussion of its future research and policy implications.
Wednesday, February 1, 2:30pm, CAS 132
Anthony Janetos, director of BU’s Pardee Center for the Study of Longer-Range Future, joined the Space Physics Seminar Series.
The Risks of Multiple Breadbasket Failure
We are headed into a world where the risks from climate change of failure of agricultural productivity in the world’s major breadbaskets cannot be ignored. I discuss both a modeling study to illustrate how those risks may occur, and their consequences, and a broader research strategy of modeling and observation that can provide practical examples for moving forward in a rapidly changing world.
Thursday, January 26, 4:00pm, CAS 502.
Refreshments will be served at 3:45pm in CAS 500.