Julie Brigham-Grette awarded Geological Society of America (GSA) Continental Scientific Drilling Division (CSD) Distinguished Lecturer 2020

The Geological Society of America’s (GSA) Continental Scientific Drilling Division (CSD) Geosciences Professor Julie Brigham-Grette as one of its two Distinguished Lecturers for 2020, which means she will be available to give online seminars on her Arctic drilling research to geologists anywhere in the world by request this fall and into spring 2021. Read more in the UMass news release.

New National Science Foundation project to drill through the Greenland Ice Sheet

Rob DeConto and teams from Columbia, Penn State and the University at Buffalo will receive $3 million in research funds and $4 million for field operations to drill through the Greenland Ice Sheet and into the bedrock below, where they will be able to evaluate how long it has been since the last ice sheet retreated from the continent. Read the news release here.

NOAA Report on U.S. High Tide Flooding

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released a report on coastal flooding in the U.S. caused by rising seas due to the warming climate. The CSRC’s Rob DeConto commented in an article in the Boston Globe on high tide flooding and the report. “This problem isn’t going away …. the combination of ongoing sea-level rise and increasing tidal range in the 2030s will conspire to really increase the number of these nuisance flood events.”

Huge Stores of Arctic Sea Ice Likely Contributed to Past Climate Cooling

In a new paper, Alan Condron (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution), CSRC Director Ray Bradley, and graduate student Anthony Joyce propose that massive amounts of melting sea ice in the Arctic drained into the North Atlantic and disrupted climate-steering currents, thus playing an important role in causing past abrupt climate change after the last Ice Age. See the full press release and the paper published in Geology.

Julie Brigham-Grette on PBS NOVA “Polar Extremes”

Julie Brigham-Grette recently appeared on the NOVA special Polar Extremes, which takes viewers on an epic adventure through time at the polar extremes of our planet. In the episode Professor Brigham-Grette described her research on past climates drawn from long sediment cores from Lake El’gygytgyn in NE Russia. The interval from 1:03:18 to 1:08:00 focuses on this research. The 2 hour special premiered February 5, 2020. See it here.

Rob DeConto Taking Part in Historic UN Climate Policy Session

This week, representatives of 195 member governments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are meeting at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco with dozens of climate scientists who have prepared a draft “Summary for Policymakers” of their “Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). Here read the UMass press release…

UMass Amherst Climate Researcher Raymond Bradley Receives High Honor from Canadian Society

Internationally recognized climate scientist and Distinguished Professor Raymond S. Bradley at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been elected an International Fellow in the Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences Division of the Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) for “major contributions to our understanding of the nature and causes of climate change.” Read more …