Dr. Michael Rawlins, associate director of the Climate Systems Research Center, received grants from NASA and the U.S. DOE to study climate driven changes in arctic ecosystems. The grants will allow Rawlins and his team to expand on his multi-institutional effort to understand biological processes and land-ocean interactions controlling the structure and function of the Beaufort Lagoons complex in northern Alaska.
Dr. Robert DeConto has received a four-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Prediction of and Resilience Against Extreme Events (PREEVENTS) program.The goal of the grant is to better characterize the uncertainty in sea-level rise predictions and coastal flooding risk that stems from complex ice-sheet physics and interactions among the ice sheets, ocean, atmosphere and underlying solid land.
Associate Professor David Boutt received an award from the state of Massachusetts to continue monitoring isotopes in groundwater across the state. These data can be used to examine the impacts of drought vs. wet weather on groundwater.
The American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Focus Group announced this week that it has chosen Isaac Larsen, assistant professor of geosciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, to receive the coveted Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award for 2017. It recognizes a young scientist “for making a significant and outstanding contribution that advances the field of earth and planetary surface processes.”
Raymond Bradley, distinguished professor in geosciences and director of the Climate System Research Center, was recently elected to the European Academy, Academia Europaea, joining 21 other U.S. members in its Earth and Cosmic Sciences section.
New paper in Hydrological Processes by David Boutt & recent alum Lilly Corenthal about freshwater recharge to econmically important lithium-bearing aquifer in hyper-arid Salar de Atacama. Abstract at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hyp.10994/full
Find out how New England communities can become more resilient to river floods!Our three-year long University of Massachusetts RiverSmart Communities project announces the release of five target policy recommendations to help New England communities thrive despite river floods. These recommendations will make federal and state programs significantly more effective and helpful to New England towns and cities as they strive to become resilient to future river floods, with relatively limited cost or regulatory change.
Hatch and Gartner were awarded this grant from the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative. The money will be used to help recreate a regionally consistent assessment of river corridors across the North Atlantic states. Read the whole article here.
Toby Applegate is one of ten faculty remembers to receive a $1,000 Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship. This award will be used to develop or expand upon sustainability related courses.
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