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Environment - Earth Sciences - 30.11.2022
A scout of the atmosphere
A scout of the atmosphere
Internationally recognized atmospheric scientist and Distinguished Senior Researcher at Empa: Dominik Brunner is a scientist who has explored his subject area from many angles - with a weatherproof motivation and curiosity that drives him to this day.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 29.11.2022
Strongest Arctic cyclone on record led to surprising loss of sea ice
A warming climate is causing a decline in sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, where loss of sea ice has important ecological, economic and climate impacts. On top of this long-term shift due to climate change are weather events that affect the sea ice from week to week. The strongest Arctic cyclone ever observed poleward of 70 degrees north latitude struck in January 2022 northeast of Greenland.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 22.11.2022
Limiting Global Warming Now Can Preserve Valuable Freshwater Resource
Snowcapped mountains not only look majestic - They're vital to a delicate ecosystem that has existed for tens of thousands of years. Mountain water runoff and snowmelt flows down to streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans - and today, around a quarter of the world depends on these natural "water towers" to replenish downstream reservoirs and groundwater aquifers for urban water supplies, agricultural irrigation, and ecosystem support.

History / Archeology - Earth Sciences - 22.11.2022
Feature: Hunting for Neanderthal spear tips under the sea
Feature: Hunting for Neanderthal spear tips under the sea
A UCL-led team of archaeologists found spear tips and other stone tools that have been submerged under the English Channel since the last ice age, providing new clues about our Neanderthal past.

History / Archeology - Earth Sciences - 22.11.2022
Hunting for Neanderthal spear tips under the sea
Hunting for Neanderthal spear tips under the sea
A UCL-led team of archaeologists found spear tips and other stone tools that have been submerged under the English Channel since the last ice age, providing new clues about our Neanderthal past.

Astronomy / Space Science - Earth Sciences - 22.11.2022
NASA Program Predicted Impact of Small Asteroid Over Ontario, Canada
NASA Program Predicted Impact of Small Asteroid Over Ontario, Canada
2022 WJ1 was a tiny asteroid on a collision course with Earth. But astronomers saw it coming, and NASA's Scout impact hazard assessment system calculated where it would hit. In the early hours of Saturday, Nov. 19, the skies over southern Ontario, Canada, lit up as a tiny asteroid harmlessly streaked across the sky high in Earth's atmosphere, broke up, and likely scattered small meteorites over the southern coastline of Lake Ontario.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 21.11.2022

Earth Sciences - Astronomy / Space Science - 21.11.2022
Bright fireball may have dropped meteorites in Niagara region
Bright fireball may have dropped meteorites in Niagara region
A cosmic drama unfolded over southern Ontario on the night of Friday, Nov. 18, triggering an international collaboration and a meteorite hunt.

Computer Science - Earth Sciences - 17.11.2022
'RDM Support added a unique feature to the OceanParcels code. That's how we reeled in funding for a new project'
’RDM Support added a unique feature to the OceanParcels code. That’s how we reeled in funding for a new project’
Utrecht scientists developed the OceanParcels computer program that shows how plastic, bacteria and other particles move around the ocean.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 16.11.2022
Chesapeake Bay sees smaller-than-average ’dead zone’ in 2022
This year's Chesapeake Bay "dead zone” was the 10th-smallest observed since 1985, according to findings released today by the Chesapeake Bay Program and its partners, including the University of Michigan.

Earth Sciences - History / Archeology - 14.11.2022
Nicolás Bodin, in 1739, who best shows the pre-industrial landscape of El Grau of Valencia among 16 historical maps and engravings
Nicolás Bodin, in 1739, who best shows the pre-industrial landscape of El Grau of Valencia among 16 historical maps and engravings
The full professor of Geography at the University of Valencia Josep Vicent Boira has studied what the landscape of El Grau of Valčncia was like in pre-industrial times through 16 engravings and maps by different authors.

Astronomy / Space Science - Earth Sciences - 14.11.2022
Western planetary geologist to lead science for Canada's lunar rover 
Western planetary geologist to lead science for Canada’s lunar rover 
The Government of Canada announced today that Canadensys Aerospace has received a contract to design and build Canada's first lunar rover, which will be sent to the Moon's south pole region as early as 2026.

Earth Sciences - Politics - 11.11.2022

Environment - Earth Sciences - 07.11.2022
Green and blue food webs differ
Green and blue food webs differ
Terrestrial and aquatic food webs respond differently to changes in the environment. Understanding these differences is fundamental to identifying the species most important to an ecosystem and to effectively protecting biodiversity. This is shown by a study led by the research institutes Eawag and WSL and published in the journal Nature Communications .

Environment - Earth Sciences - 07.11.2022
Microplastic pollution threats the world's coastal lagoons
Microplastic pollution threats the world’s coastal lagoons
Globally, the coastal lagoons of Lagos (Nigeria), Sakumo (Ghana) and Bizerte (Tunisia) —close to large urban centres and without waste and sewage treatment systems— are among the most affected water ecosystems of this nature by microplastic pollution. However, the highest concentrations of microplastics have been detected in Barnes Sound and other small lagoons in a protected area in the north of Florida Bay (USA), a particular case that can be explained by the transport of microplastics carried by hurricanes from polluted areas.

Astronomy / Space Science - Earth Sciences - 01.11.2022
NASA Prepares to Say 'Farewell' to InSight Spacecraft
NASA Prepares to Say ’Farewell’ to InSight Spacecraft
A closer look at what goes into wrapping up the mission as the spacecraft's power supply continues to dwindle.

Earth Sciences - Physics - 30.10.2022
Geophysicist Leigh Royden looks at Earth from the top down
The MIT combines geophysics and geology to understand what's happening beneath the crust. The German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina has counted some of the greatest scientists in history among its ranks.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 26.10.2022

Materials Science - Earth Sciences - 26.10.2022
He makes it light
He makes it light
Belgian-born Wim Malfait is a trained geologist who once searched for gold on behalf of a mining company. Today, he heads the Building Energy Materials and Components laboratory, which develops, among other things, super-lightweight aerogel insulation materials and materials with heat exchange capabilities.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 26.10.2022
Rosenstiel oceanographer featured in Netflix docuseries
The damage was visible all the way from space-254 miles above the Earth. That's where NASA astronaut Robert Hines, onboard the International Space Station, snapped then tweeted a photo of the shoreline erosion Hurricane Ian had inflicted on Florida's southwest coast.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 21.10.2022
Effect of Earth’s orbit around the sun on ancient microorganisms
Curtin researchers studying molecular fossils or 'biomarkers' from deep beneath the Chicxulub impact crater have found evidence of how microorganisms changed in response to fluctuations in the Earth's climate, offering clues about how the planet and life forms may respond to climate change in our modern world.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 21.10.2022
Researcher helping pave the way for space-age climate science
Dr. Chris Fletcher is part of a scientific consortium developing satellite technology to better understand climate change By Jon Parsons University Relations A major funding announcement by th

Earth Sciences - Paleontology - 20.10.2022
How old is Yosemite Valley?
Tenaya Canyon (center) and part of Yosemite Valley (foreground) as seen from Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 18.10.2022
Offshore carbon storage deployment and research needs to scale up for UK to deliver net zero pledge, says report
Offshore carbon storage deployment and research needs to scale up for UK to deliver net zero pledge, says report
The UK will need to step up research and deployment of new offshore carbon storage wells if it is to achieve the capacity required to deliver its net zero emissions plans, a new report says.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 18.10.2022

Earth Sciences - Astronomy / Space Science - 17.10.2022
Analysis: Earth's oxygen has varied over time - here's how our data could help us spot alien life
Analysis: Earth’s oxygen has varied over time - here’s how our data could help us spot alien life
Writing in The Conversation, Dr Alex Krause (UCL Earth Science) and Benjamin J. W. Mills at University of Leeds explain how using the James Webb Space Telescope to look for oxygen in the universe could help scientists discover evidence of extra-terrestrial life. Are we alone in the universe? This is a question that has intrigued humans for centuries and inspired countless studies and works of fiction.

Earth Sciences - Astronomy / Space Science - 17.10.2022
World-class research instrument takes up new home at Curtin
World-class research instrument takes up new home at Curtin
Curtin University is home to a new state-of-the-art instrument which will provide researchers and industry with access to world-class microanalytical infrastructure to help discover the next generation of critical mineral resources and unravel the mysteries of the universe.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 14.10.2022
Close alliance in Earth System Science
Close alliance in Earth System Science
Center for Earth System Observation and Computational Analysis and European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts team up The University of Bonn, the University of Cologne and Forschungszentrum J

Environment - Earth Sciences - 14.10.2022

Earth Sciences - Environment - 11.10.2022
Discovery of unknown habitats in the carboniferous flora in the Pyrenees
Discovery of unknown habitats in the carboniferous flora in the Pyrenees
A study reveals how the Sigillaria brardii species —a fossil plant typical of peatlands and abundant in the flora of Europe and North America during the Upper Carboniferous— colonised new areas in the riverbeds of the great European mountain range known as the Variscan mountains, far from their natural habitat.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 11.10.2022
From greenhouse gas to rock in 25 years
From greenhouse gas to rock in 25 years
Newly published research by scientists with the Solid Carbon project shows that carbon dioxide (CO2) taken from the atmosphere and injected into the deep subseafloor off Vancouver Island may turn into solid rock in about 25 years.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 11.10.2022
New learning platform aims to boost geoscience for the UK and beyond
An online learning platform which aims to help researchers working in the earth and biological sciences develop new skills, share knowledge and build experience launches today (Tuesday 11 October 2022).

Earth Sciences - Astronomy / Space Science - 11.10.2022
NASA's S-MODE Field Campaign Deploys to the Pacific Ocean
NASA’s S-MODE Field Campaign Deploys to the Pacific Ocean
Editor's note: A composite image of a Twin Otter International plane carrying the Modular Aerial Sensing System was added on Oct.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 11.10.2022
3Q: Why Europe is so vulnerable to heat waves
3Q: Why Europe is so vulnerable to heat waves
Climate modeling shows that this summer's devastating European heat wave may indeed be a harbinger of the future for that region.

Astronomy / Space Science - Earth Sciences - 05.10.2022
Documentary featuring Professor Sara Seager wins Emmy Award
"The Hunt for Planet B" follows Seager and others on their search for extraterrestrial life; three other nominated films feature MIT affiliates.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 04.10.2022
Dinosaur-killing asteroid triggered global tsunami that scoured seafloor thousands of miles from impact site
The miles-wide asteroid that struck Earth 66 million years ago wiped out nearly all the dinosaurs and roughly three-quarters of the planet's plant and animal species. It also triggered a monstrous tsunami with mile-high waves that scoured the ocean floor thousands of miles from the impact site on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, according to a new University of Michigan-led study.

Astronomy / Space Science - Earth Sciences - 30.09.2022
Opinion: Venus: the trouble with sending people there
Opinion: Venus: the trouble with sending people there
Writing in The Conversation, Professor Andrew Coates (UCL Space & Climate Physics) explains why sending humans to land on Earth's 'evil twin' Venus might not be such a good idea.

Earth Sciences - 28.09.2022
Swiss glaciers are melting more than ever before
Swiss glaciers are melting more than ever before
2022 was a disastrous year for Swiss glaciers: all ice melt records were smashed by the great dearth of snow in winter and continuous heatwaves in summer.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 28.09.2022
UW expert on tropical storms discusses Hurricane Ian
Shuyi Chen , a UW professor of atmospheric sciences, was traveling to a conference in Boston as Hurricane Ian approached the Gulf of Mexico. During breaks at the conference, she provided her thoughts on the closely watched catastrophic storm system that made landfall in Florida on Sept. Q: What are your thoughts on Hurricane Ian? How does it compare to other storms? SSC: Each hurricane is unique in many ways.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 26.09.2022

Earth Sciences - Astronomy / Space Science - 23.09.2022
Satellites to map ocean clouds that keep Earth cool
Satellites to map ocean clouds that keep Earth cool
A new European Space Agency (ESA) mission involving UCL researchers will 3D map Earth's "cooling blanket" of low-lying ocean clouds that may be at risk of disappearing due to climate change. The 10 Earth Explorer mission, known as Harmony, has been approved by the ESA Programme Board on Earth Observation, meaning it can move from the preparatory phase into the design consolidation and implementation phase, with a launch scheduled for 2029.

Earth Sciences - Campus - 19.09.2022
Two ’Michigan Earth’ scientists named department’s first female American Geophysical Union Fellows
Two female University of Michigan scientists are among 54 earth and space researchers named AGU Fellows today by the American Geophysical Union.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 19.09.2022

Environment - Earth Sciences - 16.09.2022
Sea level rise: rapid and unstoppable unless Paris Agreement targets met
Sea level rise: rapid and unstoppable unless Paris Agreement targets met
New research , models the impacts on the Antarctic Ice Sheet of several different global warming scenarios and the resulting effects on global sea levels. The study was led by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and included a researcher from McGill University. The scenarios that were considered range from meeting the Paris Agreement target of 2°C warming and an aspirational 1.5°C scenario to our current course which, if not altered, will yield three or more degrees of warming.

Earth Sciences - Computer Science - 15.09.2022
Cracking the Secrets to Earthquake Safety, One Shake Simulation at a Time
Cracking the Secrets to Earthquake Safety, One Shake Simulation at a Time
To make sure our buildings and infrastructure are earthquake-safe, we must understand how seismic activity affects different structures.
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