52nd Annual International Arctic Workshop at UMass-Amherst

The 52nd Arctic Workshop will be held on the UMass-Amherst campus Wednesday through Saturday March 13-16, 2024. The schedule:

Wednesday March 13 – evening Ice Breaker and Welcome
Thursday and Friday March 14-15 – talks and poster sessions
Friday Night – March 15 – Workshop Dinner and Keynote Speaker
Saturday March 16th – Morning talks ending at noon.
Saturday March 16th —Optional afternoon local Quaternary field trip and boxed lunch.

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Climate and Cryosphere International Office established at UMass Amherst

The international office of the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) project, a core initiative of the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) was recently established at UMass. CliC will facilitate new and emerging science initiatives, coordinate outreach to the international climate-science community and engage the general public in understanding the implications of ongoing changes in climate and the cryosphere. Read about the project in the UMass Amherst news release.

New research project on Arctic climate change impacting indigenous communities in Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

A new research project led by Julie Brigham-Grette will seek to connect a changing Arctic climate with problems related to water and sanitation affecting indigenous Yupik and Cup’ik communities in Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim (YK) Delta. The project is supported by a new $2.98M National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. Read more in the UMass news release.

Research study the first to comprehensively account for the hydrological impact of lithium mining

In a new study published in the journal Earth’s Future, David Boutt, postdoctoral associate Brendan Moran and colleagues at the University of Alaska-Anchorage investigated two of the most important factors in determining whether lithium is obtained responsibly: the age and source of the water the lithium is found in. Additional detail of the study is detailed in the UMass news release and journal article.

New Study Links Sixth-century Droughts to the Rise of Islam

Ray Bradley and Stephen Burns are coauthors on a new paper published in the journal Science that links sixth century droughts in the ancient South Arabian kingdom of Himya with the rise of Islam. The research suggests, not surprisingly, that climate history is an important factor in the history of human civilization. Read more in the UMass news release and the journal article.

CSRC researchers investigate Mid-Pleistocene Transition, a dramatic shift in earth’s climate 1.2 million years ago

A team of researchers including Kurt Lindberg ’20, the paper’s first author and a graduate student at the University at Buffalo, and CSRC researchers Isla Castaneda, Will Daniels, and Julie Brigham-Grette have published a study in Climate of the Past that investigated a shift in climate called the Mid-Pleistocene Transition. For this they used specific biomarkers to estimate temperature and vegetation properties to reconstruct the past climate. Read more in the UMass news release.

Boyang Zhao and colleagues publish study linking drought and abandonment of Norse settlements in southern Greenland in the 15th century

Ph.D candidate Boyang Zhao along with Ray Bradley and colleagues have published a study in the journal Science Advances that finds that extended drought, on top of other factors, may have led to the abandonment of Norse settlements in southern Greenland in the early 15th century. The team used hydrogen isotopes in leaf wax remnants in lake sediments and other data to conclude that the climate became progressively drier during the Norse period. Read more in the UMass news release, the journal article, and associated piece in Science.

Anna Ruth Halberstadt leads study resolves a long-standing discrepancy in the geologic record

In a paper publish recently in the journal Geology, Ruthie Halberstadt and coauthors Rob DeConto and Douglas E. Kowalewski addressed a discrepancy between marine data from the Ross Sea and data collected in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. Ruthie completed this research as part of her P.h.D. in geosciences. Read more in the UMass news release and journal paper.