A new paper co-authored by Dr. Stephen Burns uses speleothem records to document paleoclimate in Southern Arabia. The research found over 21 pluvial periods with precipitation of more than 300 mm per year to have occurred since ∼1.1 million years ago. Read more...
Dr. Michael Rawlins, climate modeler and associate director of the geoscience department’s Climate Systems Research Center, is lead author of a new analysis of the changing character of runoff, river discharge and other hydrological cycle elements across the North Slope of Alaska.
Dr. Julie Brigham-Grette was interviewed by the Polish blog Glacjoblogia discussing her research of past climate change— looking particularly into the last 2-3 million years of Earth history across the Arctic.
Dr. Julie Brigham-Grette will highlight the Lake El’gygytgyn Drilling program on PBS's Polar Extremes, airing February 5th and 8pm EST. The show also contains several familiar faces to those in our department, including alum Jeremy Shaken: Watch the trailer, and show, at
PhD students Hannah Baranes and Dr. Benjamin Keisling presenting on ice sheet stability models and estimating flood hazards at the COP25 Cryosphere Pavilion at the U.N. IPCC COP-25 meeting in Madrid! See more, including video of their Early Career talks, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rH6IS3Rnw4I.
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T-shirts are $20 ($10 is a tax deductable donation to the gallery), and Geosciences baseball caps are $10.
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Portrait of an Integrated Research and Extension Project: RiverSmart
Supporting Flood Prevention and Remediation in New England
RiverSmart Communities and Federal Collaborators: Attuning federal agencies and programs with state, regional and local efforts to support ecologically restorative flood prevention and remediation in New England
The Department of Geosciences and University of Massachusetts mourn the death of Bill Bromery.
The UMass Department of Geosciences announces with great sorrow the death on February 26, 2013, of former professor and department head, Randolph W. Bromery.
Laurie Brown delivered the final Distinguished Lecture Series of the academic year on March 11th, in the Massachusetts Room at the Mullins Center. Following her talk on reversals of the Earth's magnetic fields, Dr. Kumble R. Subbaswamy presented Dr. Brown with the Chancellor's Award. A reception followed the lecture and presentation.
For more than 30 years, climate scientists have debated whether flood waters from melting of the enormous Laurentide Ice Sheet, which ushered in the last major cold episode on Earth about 12,900 years ago, flowed northwest into the Arctic first, or east via the Gulf of St. Lawrence, to weaken ocean thermohaline circulation and have a frigid effect on global climate.
The Joseph Hartshorn Endowed Graduate Scholarship in Quaternary Geology will provide annual scholarships to graduate students in the Geosciences Department. Established as a tribute to the late Professor Hartshorn, the scholarship will honor his standard-setting work in glacial geology and his dedication as an educator.
Michael Rawlins, UMass Extension Assistant Professor and the manager of the Climate Research Center was recently interviewed by the UMass-Five College public radio station, WFCR. On September 17th, they broadcast a segment on how the Fall weather might affect the length of the mosquito season on Morning Edition.
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