Climate

Heating Dirt Could Cause a Runaway Rise in Carbon Emissions
October 6, 2017 01:24 PM - Eric Niiler via Wired

Tucked into the apple-growing hills of Western Massachusetts is the Harvard Forest, a 3,700-acre wooded preserve that hosts school kids on field trips, day-tripping hikers, and, for more than a quarter century, a highly unusual science experiment.

Heating Dirt Could Cause a Runaway Rise in Carbon Emissions
October 6, 2017 01:24 PM - Eric Niiler via Wired

Tucked into the apple-growing hills of Western Massachusetts is the Harvard Forest, a 3,700-acre wooded preserve that hosts school kids on field trips, day-tripping hikers, and, for more than a quarter century, a highly unusual science experiment.

New Report on Channel Bed Erosion Helps Assess Bridge Stability in St. Louis
October 6, 2017 11:47 AM - USGS

A new assessment of channel bed erosion near 13 highway bridges in the greater St. Louis, Missouri, area is now available in an online report from the U.S. Geological Survey, produced in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Microbes Dictate Regime Shifts Causing Anoxia in Lakes and Seas
October 6, 2017 11:46 AM - University of Amsterdam

Gradual environmental changes due to eutrophication and global warming can cause a rapid depletion of oxygen levels in lakes and coastal waters. A new study led by professors Jef Huisman and Gerard Muyzer of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) shows that microorganisms play a key role in these disastrous regime shifts. The researchers’ findings were published in the journal Nature Communications on 6 October.

Microbes Dictate Regime Shifts Causing Anoxia in Lakes and Seas
October 6, 2017 11:46 AM - University of Amsterdam

Gradual environmental changes due to eutrophication and global warming can cause a rapid depletion of oxygen levels in lakes and coastal waters. A new study led by professors Jef Huisman and Gerard Muyzer of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) shows that microorganisms play a key role in these disastrous regime shifts. The researchers’ findings were published in the journal Nature Communications on 6 October.

Interpreting Hurricane Forecast Displays Can Be Difficult for General Public
October 5, 2017 05:00 PM - University of Utah

The 2017 hurricane season has highlighted the critical need to communicate a storm’s impact path and intensity accurately, but new research from the University of Utah shows significant misunderstandings of the two most commonly used storm forecast visualization methods.

Planning for the Future
October 5, 2017 04:56 PM - University of California - Santa Barbara

Over the past decade, increasing temperatures across much of Africa and decreasing rainfall across East Africa have come to represent an alarming climate trend. Chief among concerns is the impact such conditions have on human health.

Sunlight and the right microbes convert Arctic carbon into carbon dioxide
October 5, 2017 04:50 PM - Oregon State University

Nearly half of the organic carbon stored in soil around the world is contained in Arctic permafrost, which has experienced rapid melting, and that organic material could be converted to greenhouse gases that would exacerbate global warming.

NASA Sees Ramon Degenerate to a Trough
October 5, 2017 02:17 PM - NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center

A trough is an elongated area of low pressure and that's exactly what former Tropical Storm Ramon has become in the eastern Pacific Ocean, along the southwestern coast of Mexico. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided a look at the temperatures of Ramon's cloud tops and showed some strong thunderstorms remained in the stretched out remnants.

Soil Holds Potential to Slow Global Warming, Stanford Researchers Find
October 5, 2017 09:33 AM - Stanford University

If you want to do something about global warming, look under your feet. Managed well, soil’s ability to trap carbon dioxide is potentially much greater than previously estimated, according to Stanford researchers who claim the resource could “significantly” offset increasing global emissions. They call for a reversal of federal cutbacks to related research programs to learn more about this valuable resource.

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