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AOS Postdoctoral Research Fellow Sarah Kapnick will receive the 2015 Cryosphere Early Career Award at the 2015 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, to be held 14–18 December in San Francisco, Calif. The award is for "a significant contribution to cryospheric science and technology. The Department of Geosciences congratulates Dr. Kapnick on receiving this significant recognition.
The Department of Geosciences and Princeton University congratulates Blake C. Dyer on successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis.
The Department of Geosciences and Princeton University congratulates Xuefeng (Nick) Peng on successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis.
Many studies predict that future sea-level rise along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts will increase flooding. Others suggest that the human-caused warming driving this rise will also boost the intensity and frequency of big coastal storms. Up to now, though, these two hazards have been assessed mostly in isolation from each other.
The Department of Geosciences congratulates Graduate Student Yanhua O. Yuan *16, from the Simons Research Group, on being awarded the Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Honorific Fellowship by the Princeton University Graduate School.
The Department of Geosciences and Princeton University congratulates Anne M. Gothmann on successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis.
Now in the Policy Debate: Literally putting a price on carbon pollution and other greenhouse gasses is the best approach for nurturing the rapid growth of renewable energy and reducing emissions, according to a new policy article published in Nature. The authors – which include the Wilson School's Michael Oppenheimer – urge policymakers to implement a range of policies until the time that a carbon price becomes politically realistic.
Dangerous storms are one reason the Southern Ocean is so under-researched, although it absorbs almost half of the world’s man-made carbon emissions. Last week, more than 50 researchers (Ethan Campbell '16 and Preston Kemeny '15) returned from a scientific voyage of Antarctica, the first leg of a two-year experiment – the 3rd Southern Ocean Seasonal Cycle Experiment – that aims to fill in many of the blank spaces about how this ocean mitigates the effects of climate change.
We've (Ethan Campbell '16 and Preston Kemeny '15) have been incredibly busy on our research cruise to Antarctica! Within this week, we’ve had to get over the sea sickness very quickly as we have been working virtually non-stop. Sandi Smart *14 is a new addition to our team and her project involves collecting foraminifera (“forams”, organisms used in paleoclimate reconstructions) using net tows.
A concern among scientists is that higher Arctic temperatures brought about by climate change could result in the release of massive amounts of carbon locked in the region’s frozen soil in the form of carbon dioxide and methane. New research led by researchers at the Department of Geosciences and published in The ISME Journal suggests that, thanks to methane-hungry bacteria, a majority of Arctic soil might be able to absorb methane from the atmosphere rather than release it.