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 directly relevant to society. The Massachusetts Environmental Education Society is dedicated to the promotion, preservation, and improvement of environmental education in the state and region.
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 in global forests.” According to National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) maintain the nation’s real-time solar wind monitoring capabilities which are critical to the accuracy and lead time of weather alerts and forecasts.
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 (IoT). This technology offers significant benefits in terms of traceability, adaptability, real-time monitoring, and efficiencies in transportation. R&D is needed to combine geospatial functionalities with transport modeling while providing an efficient, interactive, visual interface for data exploration, manipulation, analysis, and visualization.
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 solar, electric vehicles, and net-zero vehicles. But the transformation of the electric grid, the wholesale elimination of the internal combustion engine, and the retrofit of the nation’s building stock is more than a 10-year project.”
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.
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 levels of pollution and neglect. The students discussed tree retention, urban gardening, electric buses, green roofs, farmers markets, tax credits that can be used for funding green businesses, programs for training a local workforce for green commerce, developing brownfields, new climate change mitigation funds, new air quality monitoring technologies, improvements in programs for residential building energy efficiency and more, including an idea for a new workforce development program that the students originated themselves, and ways to mitigate the effects of “eco-gentrification” (the reduction in affordable housing that can follow neighborhood improvement). The BPHC has requested future students of the class continue the work, especially concentrating on the issue of repairs necessary before weatherization, green roofs and for healthy homes; and the eco-gentrification problem.
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. Emily will work with several oceanographers at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to deploy a newly-developed porewater sampling system/underwater mass spectrometer (POSSUMS) in a local urban harbour, as well as the Bay of Fundy, to study the biogeochemistry of these environments.
Additionally, Chua was awarded a Short-Term Graduate Research Abroad Fellowship from the BU Graduate School for Arts & Sciences, which provides funds from alumni gifts for doctoral students to conduct research in another country. Emily will be using these funds to support field deployments of an underwater mass spectrometer that she has been helping develop and test.
Emily is advised by Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler.
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 from a variety of American and international institutions. Rachel’s work focuses on earthquake source parameters of events in a variety of tectonic conditions, including the San Andreas fault in California, induced seismicity in Oklahoma, and oceanic transform faults. Christine’s group is working on finding active faults in Cascadia and imaging the subduction zone in the region of the 2011 M9 destructive Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
- S11B-02 Towards Improved Stress Drop Measurement: A Detailed Comparison of Contrasting Approaches
- S11B-03 Applying improved spectral analysis to an induced earthquake sequence in Oklahoma and implications on earthquake triggering
- S21C-0436 Source Complexity of the 2015 Mw 4.0 Guthrie, Oklahoma Earthquake
- S21C-0451 Robust Analysis of Stress Drop Variation along San Andreas Fault at Parkfield Using Multiple Local Networks
- S41C-0551 Fault Structure, Earthquake Interaction, and Source Properties of Two Small (Mw < 4) Sequences in the Walker Lane
- T13I-0354 The anatomy of an ocean transform fault rupture: the 2016 M7.1 Romanche earthquake in the Mid-Atlantic from high-resolution local seismic and bathymetry data recorded with the PI-LAB experiment
- T23E-0414 Earthquake Processes along Oceanic Transform Faults and Ridge Segments: OBS Observations along the Chain Fracture Zone in the Mid-Atlantic from the PI-LAB Experiment
- EP51D-1865 Bent out of Shape: Submarine Tectonic Geomorphology in Accretionary Prisms (lead author Emily Schottenfels)
- T13H-0319 Eocene to Recent permanent forearc deformation in Northern Cascadia, southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
- T13H-0320 Upper plate deformation in northern Cascadia and active bending of the Olympic orocline
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 significant influence through publication of multiple highly cited papers during 2006-2016 and which then were ranked in the top 1% by citations for their field and year.
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 carbon dioxide and methane emissions from urban areas.”