Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi delivers the Christiaan Brunings Lecture at Utrecht University in The Netherlands on January 10. The symposium brings together scientists, practitioners, and managers of rivers and estuaries, with keynotes given by leading international scientists. Dr. Fagherazzi’s talk is entitled “Non-Linear Dynamics Determine the Fate of Salt Marshes.”
The Landsat Science Team will meet at Boston University from January 10-12. The meeting is hosted
by Professors Woodcock, Friedl, and Olofsson and will focus on many issues related to the Landsat Program, including:
- Identify priorities for future Landsat measurements and technologies
- Review status of Landsat 9 development
- Review plans and status of USGS Landsat product initiatives – collections and analysis-ready data
The meeting will also include an opportunity for many of the Department’s students and researchers to present their work that is relevant to the Landsat Program.
Professor James Lawford Anderson will deliver a lecture at Arnold Arboretum, Wednesday, November 30, 7:00 pm, entitled “Six Ice Ages in One Billion Years, Climate Change, and Boston’s Earthquake Problem.” The talk will be followed by a geology tour of the Arboretum, “Travels through Two Ice Ages,” on Saturday, December 3, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
Registration can be found on the arboretum’s website.
Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra and PhD candidate Andrew Trlica will join other members of the sciences faculty to discuss “Urban Earth Science: Understanding the Potential Growing Field.” The panel will meet Wednesday, November 30, 12:00-1:30pm, at The Initiative on Cities, 75 Bay State Road. For more information and to register, visit the Boston University Initiative on Cities.
In conjunction with his new textbook Developing Sustainable Environmental Responsibility, Lecturer Rick Reibstein will host webinars over the next month. The free series will elaborate on the concept of the book: the goal of developing the sense of responsibilities that would result in sustainability, and which could be sustained. Click here to register for free.
Professor Cutler Cleveland joined a panel at BU’s Fredrick S. Pardee School of Global Studies to discuss whether Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is an accurate measurement of human progress. “The way [GDP] treats non-renewable resources is fundamentally wrong, and is inconsistent with the way it treats manufactured capital,” Dr. Cleveland noted, adding, “There are a number of broader ecosystem services that are not traded in market, but underpin life itself, including our economic life — a stable climate, protection of the ozone layer, the provision of fertile soil, crop pollination.” Read more about the discussion here.
As part of BU’s Open Access Week, Professors Gopal and Phillips will join representatives from the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Department of Computer Science for “Open Science at BU: Success Stories.”
Faculty across BU and in a variety of disciplines have embraced open methods in their research to address pressing societal questions and advance scholarship. The movement to open science has included initiatives such as publishing open research, creating open source software, and supporting open access policies. Why have some of our faculty embraced open science? How has this affected scholarly output and advancement? Join this panel to hear success stories and lessons learned and come away with ideas for utilizing open access in your own research.
Join the discussion on Friday, October 28, 2:00-3:30PM, at the BU School of Law, Barristers Hall, 765 Commonwealth Avenue.
James J. McCarthy, Professor of Biological Oceanography at Harvard University, will be giving a talk entitled “Changing Sea Ice Conditions and Arctic Marine Ecosystems,” today, Tuesday, September 27.
The shrinking area of Arctic sea ice in summer is one of the most often cited examples of anthropogenic climate change. The areal extent of sea ice at the time of the September minimum has declined by about 1% per year since satellite observations began 35 years ago. Sea ice is very different from lake ice. A brine is created as ice crystallizes, a portion of which remains in channels within the ice and provides habitat for microscopic plankton. These organisms include photosynthetic algae and microscopic animals that feed on the algae, and they then become food for shrimp and fish under and at the edges of the ice. This production is the base of the food web that supports marine mammals and birds that flourish in the Arctic during spring and summer. Climate models project that, with additional warming from greenhouse gases, summer sea ice could vanish in the Arctic my mid-century, with profound implications for many iconic species.
Tuesday, September 27, 4 pm, CAS 132
Research Assistant Professor Pontus Olofsson is teaching a week-long workshop at the National University of Laos on how to achieve IPCC-compliant estimates of deforestation. The workshop is part of the SilvaCarbon capacity building program of the U.S. Government which aims to enhance capacity worldwide in monitoring and managing forest and terrestrial carbon.
Earth & Environment PhD candidate Sarah Farron is in Portland, Oregon this week to present a paper at the Coastal & Estuarine Research Federations (CERF) 23rd Biennial Conference.
Farron’s presentation will be on “Quantifying the effects of crab bioturbation on salt marsh sediment erodibility.”
Farron is a PhD candidate in Earth Science working with Professor Duncan FitzGerald.