PhD student Emily Schottenfels is currently on board of the R/V Roger Revelle in the region of the Cascadia subduction margin. The training cruise is funding by the NSF Early Career Seismic Chief Scientist program. Along with 18 other graduate students, post-docs, and professors, Schottenfels is learning to design and execute a research expedition, and acquire and process marine seismic data. She is interested in using the seismic data from this cruise to understand the geology of the Cascadia subduction zone, and how large earthquakes can occur. Follow along on the cruise’s blog and Facebook page!
“Tropical Pacific climate variability over the last 6000 years as recorded in Bainbridge Crater Lake, Galápagos” highlights results of long-term monitoring of Bainbridge Crater Lake (since 2009). Sediments from this lake provide a record of both El Niño and La Niña events over the past 6000 years.
“Spatiotemporal variability in the δ18O-salinity relationship of seawater across the tropical Pacific Ocean” demonstrates that the relationship between seawater δ18O and salinity varies considerably across the equatorial Pacific Ocean, with profound implications for reconstructing climate from marine carbonate archives.
Read more about Professor Thompson’s research here.
Four faculty members from the Department of Earth & Environment have been named the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of Longer-Range Future‘s 2015-16 Faculty Research Fellows.
Professors Bruce Anderson and Sucharita Gopal and Associate Professors Lucy Hutyra and Ian Sue Wing are among the 10 Faculty Research fellows named for the coming year. As research fellows, the E&E faculty will work on different projects related to the Pardee Center’s mission of conducting “interdisciplinary and policy-relevant research on a wide range of issues that contribute to long-term improvements in the human condition” (“About the Center“).
Anderson and Gopal will work with Biology Professor Les Kaufman and Public Health Prof Susan Foster on Climate Change and Health Issues in Cambodia and India.
Hutyra will work with Biology Professor Pam Templer on a Boston Nitrogen Disposition Study, and Sue Wing will asset the Pardee Center with Sustainable Energy Transitions Research.
Additionally, four other members of the Department work with the Pardee Center as Faculty Associates: Professors Cutler Cleveland, Robert Kaufmann, and Nathan Phillips, and Assistant Professor Anne Short Gianotti.
To learn more about these faculty members, click on their names to see their respective profile pages. To learn more about each of these projects, click here.
Earth & Environment Research Associate Professor Rachel Abercrombie has published two new papers, one with recent Earth Science PhD graduate Kasey Aderhold.
The first paper, published this past May in Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, is first authored by Aderhold and titled “Seismic Rupture on an Oceanic–Continental Plate Boundary: Strike‐Slip Earthquakes along the Queen Charlotte–Fairweather Fault.” It can be read here.
The second paper was published in June in Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth and is titled “Investigating uncertainties in empirical Green’s function analysis of earthquake source parameters.” It can be read here.
Earth and Environment Professor Ranga Myneni recently coauthored the following three journal articles:
- Wang et al., 2015. Has the advancing onset of spring vegetation green-up slowed down or changed abruptly over the last three decades? Global Ecol. Biogeography, 2015 (doi: 10.1111/geb.12289)
- Hilker et al., 2015. Reply to Gonsamo et al.: Effect of the Eastern Atlantic-West Russia pattern on Amazon vegetation has not been demonstrated, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA, 2015 (www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1423471112)
- Sitch et al., 2015. Recent trends and drivers of regional sources and sinks of carbon dioxide, Biogeosciences, 2015 (doi: 10.5194/bg-12-653-2015)
Former grad Zhe Zhu and Prof. Curtis Woodcock’s paper attracts highest number of full-text downloads in Remote Sensing of Environment in 2014
Former grad Zhe Zhu and Curtis Woodcock‘s paper “Continuous change detection and classification of land cover using all available Landsat data” attracted the highest number of full-text downloads from articles published in Remote Sensing of Environment in 2014 with more than 4,000 downloads:
Anderson’s lecture will be held at 4:00 pm at Cumnock Hall on UMass Lowell’s North Campus as part of the “Taking the High Ground: Real Actions to Address Global Climate Change” event.
A Boston Globe article this week, “Google Earth captures city’s leaky gas pipelines,” highlights leaky gas pipes around the city and the technology that is making environmental information more public.
The article can be read here.
The article quotes professor Nathan Phillips of the Department of Earth and Environment, and references his 2012 study on the subject, which he completed with his students.
A CBS Boston news article on professor Nathan Phillips’ work in 2013 can be read here.
Research Assistant Professor Pontus Olofsson was made a member of the NASA Carbon Monitoring System (NASA CMS) program science team together with Josef Kellndorfer of Woods Hole Research Center. This followed a successful proposal to the program awarded July 29, 2013.