Sept. 15: Dr. Xiujun (Wendy) Wang, Research Scientist at Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC), Univ. Maryland, College Park, & Adjunct Professor at Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Her talk was titled The carbon cycle in the changing world: the known tropical ocean and the unknown arid land. Her Group is collecting a large amount of data from both ocean sediments and arid soils and modeling these data to study the impact of temperature and pH on diurnal cycles and climate.
Sept. 9: Steven J. Davis, Ken Caldeira, & H. Damon Matthews calculated cumulative future emissions of 496 (average) gigatonnes of CO2 from combustion of fossil fuels by existing infrastructure between 2010 and 2060, forcing mean warming of 1.3°C (1.1° to 1.4°C) above the pre-industrial era and atmospheric concentrations of CO2 less than 430 parts per million. Because these conditions would likely avoid many key impacts of climate change, we conclude that sources of the most threatening emissions have yet to be built. However, CO2-emitting infrastructure will expand unless extraordinary efforts are undertaken to develop alternatives. Published in the Sept.10 Issue of Science (AAAS).
Sept.. 13: An interview with Ken Caldeira was published in Discover Magazine online together with an Impressionist photo by Andrea Ventura. You may view the print edition in the October 2010 issue, or go to : http://discovermagazine.com/2010/oct/13-ken-caldeira-global-warming-energy-smart-investment
Sept. 21: Kim Cahill writes, Greetings from Sweden! I've been at my job here for three weeks, and so far am really enjoying teaching and advising (my students come from over 40 countries), field trips to learn about the local ecology and energy systems (I went to a decommissioned nuclear power plant yesterday!), getting new research projects started, and the daily potluck lunch with my colleagues (gotta love the European work/life balance).
Kim is now an Assistant Professor of Sustainability Science at the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies. See www.lucsus.lu.se for more info or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sept. 28: David Lobell (now Stanford Faculty) recently received the James B. Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union for significant contributions to the geophysical sciences before the age of 36, Congratulations! Dave also spoke about Non-carbon Effects of Bioenergy on Climate at the GCEP Symposium.
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