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Professor Robert Kaufmann has just published "The effect of oil and gas price and price volatility on rig activity in tight formations and OPEC strategy" in Nature Energy. In the article, Professor Kaufmann and his colleague Esmail Ansari show that "the [break-even price] for rigs used to drill oil wells... More
Associate Professor Mike Dietze delivered the keynote at the Massachusetts Environmental Education Society annual conference, as he addressed ecological forecasting and its application to citizen science. Professor Dietze spoke of the ways that iterative forecasts can improve and accelerate basic environmental science, while at the same time making that science... More
Professor Ranga Myneni has coauthored “Earth system models underestimate carbon fixation by plants in the high latitudes” with colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, where he spent part of his sabbatical period in 2018. The article, published in Nature Communications, reports on using greening sensitivity inferred... More
Professors Yuri Knyazkhin and Ranga Myneni’s proposed research projects were recently selected for three-year funding by NASA under their DSCOVR program. Knyazikhin proposed “DSCOVR EPIC VESDR Product: Algorithm refinement, validation and scientific exploration,” and Myneni submitted “Vegetation hot spot signatures from synergy of EPIC-DSCOVR and EOS/SUOMI sensors to monitor changes... More
PhD students Chi Chen and Taejin Park, members of Ranga Myneni and Yuri Knyazikhin’s research group, recently published “China and India lead in greening of the world through land-use management” in Nature Sustainability. NASA and several other organizations issued press releases that were covered widely in various forms of media. More
Professor Suchi Gopal has written the editorial "The Internet of Things (IoT) for GIS in Transportation" for the newsletter published by the U.S. Department of Transportation. GIS for transportation is experiencing technological innovations with an increasing use of wireless communication, which is the cornerstone of smart city and smart transport... More
Professor Cutler Cleveland spoke to BU Today about the Green New Deal unveiled by BU alum Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “A 10-year window to eliminate all [greenhouse gas] emissions is unrealistic,” Cleveland told the news site. “The technologies to achieve this already exist to a large extent: electricity from wind and... More
Adjunct Assistant Professor John Fegyverisi has joined a West Antarctica ocean drilling expedition as a member of the physical properties team, which takes measurements of sediment to better understand the glacial history of the west Antarctic ice sheet. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation.
Ana Reboredo Segovia, a second-year PhD student working with Christoph Nolte, has received a grant from National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration. Ana will use the more than $7,000 in support of her project, "Comparing Impacts of Payments versus Acquisitions on Land Use Change and Livelihoods in Antioquia, More
PhD candidate Chi Chen has received an Outstanding Student Presentation Award from his presentation at December's AGU Fall Meeting. The work, "Local land surface temperature response to the widespread Earth greening," is advised by Ranga Myneni and Dan Li.
Professor Cutler Cleveland this week spoke to the Boston Globe about city's aspirations to be carbon neutral within three decades, and the hopes hinge on building standards, transportation emissions, and solid waste. Click to read the article.
Professor and Chair Tony Janetos was recently featured earlier this month at the Glen Gerberg Weather and Climate Summit, an annual event to bring climate scientists and broadcast meteorologists together. Dr. Janetos discussed the results of the 4th U.S. National Climate Assessment, of which he was an author. The assessment... More
Assistant Professor Christine Regalla has published "Ongoing oroclinal bending in the Cascadia forearc and its relation to concave-outboard plate margin geometry" in Geology. In the article, Dr. Regalla and her colleagues present GPS and geologic data that show the overriding plate of the Cascadia subduction zone in Oregon, Washington and... More
On December 12th students in Research for Environmental Agencies & Organizations (GE 532, taught by Rick Reibstein), presented to officials of the city of Boston and the Boston Public Health Commission on actions that can develop green economies and improve public health in areas currently suffering the impact of high... More
PhD student Claudia Mazur was invited to give a talk as a part of the Fall 2018 Earth Adventure Series hosted by the Department of Environmental Studies, Geology, & Geography at Mount Holyoke College, Claudia's alma mater. The purpose of Earth Adventures is to expose current students to scientific research... More
PhD candidate Emily Chua has been invited to join the Limnology & Oceanography Research Exchange (LOREX), sponsored by the Association for the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography. This NSF-funded initiative sponsors up to 30 U.S.-based graduate students per year to conduct collaborative research in aquatic science at an international host institution. More
Research Assistant Professor Rachel Abercrombie, and Assistant Professor Christine Regalla, and PhD student Emily Schottenfels are attending this month's Fall AGU Meeting to present their work, interact with their colleagues and catch up with the latest research in Geophysics. Together they are co-authors on 10 presentations, working with colleagues and students... More
Professors Mark Friedl, Ranga Myneni, and Curtis Woodcock have been recently recognized as "Highly Cited Researchers" in the interdisciplinary "Cross Field" category by Clarivate Analytics for the year 2018. Clarivate runs the Web of Science and recognized a total of 20 researchers from BU. The list identifies scientists who have demonstrated... More
At The Conversation US, Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra and Postdoctoral Associate Conor Gately advocate for pollution documentation in urban areas. "Over the last decade, our work on urban greenhouse gas emissions has shown that with the right combination of instruments, data and modeling techniques, it is possible to independently quantify... More
Assistant Professor Jeffrey Geddes has published "Stratosphere-troposphere separation of nitrogen dioxide columns from the TEMPO geostationary satellite instrument" in Atmospheric Measurement Techniques. "Separating the stratospheric and tropospheric contributions in satellite retrievals of atmospheric NO2 column abundance is a crucial step in the interpretation and application of the satellite observation," Geddes... More
In an interview with the BU Daily Free Press, Professor Nathan Phillips described his work leading rehabilitation efforts in the Merrimack Valley, in the wake of the September gas explosions. In collaboration with local climate advocacy nonprofits, Phillips has raised more than $14,000 through a GoFundMe page he started. More
Assistant Professor Christine Regalla and her colleagues have published "Holocene Surface Rupture History of an Active Forearc Fault Redefines Seismic Hazard in Southwestern British Columbia, Canada" in Geophysical Research Letters. This paper documents the first detailed history of earthquake surface rupture for an onland fault within the Cascadia subduction... More
On November 8 Professor Cutler Cleveland presented preliminary results of his team's research to the the City of Boston's Green Ribbon Commission. BU President Robert Brown sits on the commission. Professor Cleveland and his colleagues provide technical analyses of the options available to the City to reach its goal of... More
PhD student Chi Chen (advised by Ranga Myneni) contributed to a recently published article on the impacts of 2015/16 El Niño event to the terrestrial Carbon cycle. In "Impact of the 2015/2016 El Niño on the terrestrial carbon cycle constrained by bottom-up and top-down approaches," published in Philosophical Transactions of... More
Emma Quirk, an Earth & Environmental Science major and senior, joins the Head of the Charles Regatta this weekend with BU's Rowing Team. The event attracts more than 11,000 athletes competing in more than 1,900 boats in 53 races and is the largest two-day regatta in the world. The competition... More
First-year PhD student Yasmin Romitti has collaborated with the National Academy of Sciences to develop a research agenda for dealing carbon dioxide capture. Negative emissions technologies that aim to remove and sequester excess carbon from the atmosphere have been identified as an important part of the portfolio of responses to... More
Professor Suchi Gopal, Lecturer James Baldwin, and Kevin Gallagher of BU's Global Development Policy Center have penned "Fueling Global Energy Finance: The Emergence of China in Global Energy Investment" in Energies. The writers assess the investment trends in the global energy sector during, before, and after the financial crisis of... More
Adjunct Assistant Professor John Fegyveresi and his colleagues have penned "Instruments and methods: a case study of ice core bubbles as strain indicators" in Annals of Glaciology. In their abstract, the authors note, "Measurements of a sample from ~580 m depth in the WAIS Divide (WDC06A) ice core reveal that... More
Professor Rick Murray has been elected to a two-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Geophysical Association, where he will help oversee AGU's business, organizational, and legal affairs. For nearly a century AGU has worked to promote discovery in Earth and space science for... More
Assistant Professor Dan Li has published a single-author, invited review article titled "Turbulent Prandtl number in the atmospheric boundary layer - where are we now?" in Atmospheric Research. Turbulent Prandtl number is named after the Father of Modern Fluid Mechanics, Ludwig Prandtl, and is an indicator of how turbulent transport... More
Postdoc Istem Fer, PhD candidate Elizabeth Cowdery, and Associate Professor Mike Dietze have co-authored "Linking big models to big data: efficient ecosystem model calibration through Bayesian model emulation" in Biogeosciences. "Bayesian methods provide a rigorous data assimilation framework for these applications, especially for problems with multiple data constraints," the authors... More
Professor Sergio Fagherazzi and Assistant Professor Cédric Fichot have joined the Delta-X investigation at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, to better understand the natural processes that maintain and build land in major river deltas threatened by rising seas. The project will improve models that predict loss of coastal... More
Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler will join The Undiscovered, a Radcliffe Institute science symposium that will focus on how scientists explore realities they cannot anticipate. Speakers from across the disciplines of modern science will present personal experiences and discuss how to train scientists, educators, and funders to foster the expertise and open-mindedness... More
Professor Nathan Phillips recently spoke with BU Today about the gas leaks and explosions in Merrimack Valley. "Piecing together information from a press briefing, it appears that a routine removal of a pipe from the aging, leaking pipeline system was done without first removing a pressure sensor on that old... More
Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett has published "Middle-range Theories of Land System Change" in Global Environmental Change. Dr. Garrett and her colleagues note that while an integrated theory of land system change remains elusive, they show that contextual generalizations that describe chains of causal mechanisms explaining a well-bounded range of phenomena, More
Professor Suchi Gopal and Research Associate Professor Magaly Koch of the Center for Remote Sensing will receive $200,000 over three years for 18 U.S. students to gain international research experience in earth, life and data sciences as applied to the coastal region of Northern Central Java. Assessing the impacts of... More
Associate Professor Anne Short Gianotti has been awarded $375,000 for the project “Deer in the Suburbs: A Comparative Study of the Mobilization and Mutation of Wildlife Management Strategies.” Along with collaborator John Casellas Connors (Texas A&M; E&E Adjunct djunct Research Assistant Professor), Short Gianotti will examine the shifting management strategies... More
On September 27 Associate Professor Mike Dietze will deliver the Distinguished Lecture for the National Science Foundation, hosted by the Directorate for Biological Sciences and Division of Biological Infrastructure. His talk is entitled "Solving the Challenge of Predicting Nature: How Close Are We and How Do We Get There." Is nature... More
Come to the planning meeting for an interdisciplinary research and reading group provisionally titled Cultures of Science. We are casting a wide net, including: history of science and medicine, science and technology studies (STS), philosophy of science; Indigenous Traditional Knowledge; medical humanities; literature, sciences and the arts; environmental humanities; bioethics. Faculty, More
Associate Professor Mike Dietze hosts "Solving the Challenge of Predicting Nature: How Close Are We and How Do We Get There?" as part of NOAA's National Ocean Service Science Seminar Series. Wednesday, September 12, 12-1PM EDT Is nature predictable? If so, can we use that understanding to better manage and conserve ecosystems?... More
Join us on Thursday, October 11, for the Environmental Career Fair! Learn about employment and internship opportunities from local and national organizations working to protect the environment. Attending companies include Atmospheric & Environmental Research (AER), Energy Federation Inc. (EFI), ESRI, NASA DEVELOP, NE Interstate Water Pollution Control (NEIWPCC), Sustainserv, Toxics... More
Yan Yang, a 2017 PhD graduate, recently published part of her dissertation research in Nature Communications. In "Post-drought Decline of the Amazon Carbon Sink" Yang and her colleagues report a significant loss of carbon over the entire Amazon basin at a rate of 0.3 +/- 0.2 PgC per year after... More
PhD candidate Chloe Anderson has just published "Climatically Driven Changes in the Supply of Terrigenous Sediment to the East China Sea" in Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. She and her colleagues examine the paleoceanographic record over the last ∼400 kyr derived from major, trace, and rare earth elements in bulk sediment from... More
Eric Bullock, a PhD candidate studying with Curtis Woodcock, this summer helped lead workshops in San José, Costa Rica; Lima, Peru; and Bogotá, Colombia. The workshops involved capacity building for forest monitoring on the Google Earth Engine. Bullock's ongoing dissertation involves developing and implementing a methodology to map forest degradation. Click... More
Katie Camero, a Journalism major and Earth & Environmental Science minor, recently penned "More than a quadrillion tons of diamonds are under your feet, new study proposes" in the Boston Globe. Camero writes of MIT's new study finding that the diamonds, 100 miles below ground and detected by seismic activity, More
Assistant Professor Christine Regalla has penned "At-Sea Workshop Advances Subduction Zone Research" in EOS. The report highlights the research and training opportunities afforded by Dr. Regalla's IODP (International Ocean Discovery Program) workshop at sea. She spent January of 2017 aboard the Chikyu ocean drilling vessel, where she and her team... More
Hollie Emery has successfully defended her doctoral thesis, "The Effects of Tidal Restriction, Phragmites Australis Invasion, and Precipitation Change on Salt Marsh Greenhouse Gas Emissions." The research examines how salt marshes, which are important carbon-sequestering ecosystems, might be affected by a variety of human impacts (climate change, invasive species, and... More
The Department of Earth & Environment is thrilled to announce that Anne Short Gianotti was recently promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
Leveraging Universities for Advancing State & Local Energy Policy August 6, Noon ET Presented by Richard Reibstein Earth & Environment Lecturer Rick Reibstein has recently created GE 532 Research for Environmental Agencies & Organizations, in which students perform discrete research tasks for government and nonprofit groups on environmental and public health matters. The... More
Trunity, the publisher of E&E Lecturer Rick Reibstein's Developing Sustainable Environmental Responsibility, now hosts a blog "for people who want to help meet the challenge of how to live within the biosphere without harming it, and thus protect ourselves, other living things, future generations, and the source of all wealth... More