SECS Award Winners at the Annual Spring Meeting of the Geological Society of Maine

Three students working with SECS faculty made presentations at the annual Spring Meeting of the Geological Society of Maine, and took home a cash award.  The students are:  Alexander Audet  and  Lauren Carver, working with Dr. Aaron Putnam and Samuel Roberts, working with Dr. Kristen Schild. Their presentations will be available on the Geological Society of […]

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Maine Sea coast

Experts contribute to Maine’s plan for climate action

The Maine Climate Council released its four-year plan for climate action Tuesday, the same day 60-mph wind gusts were battering the state. As Council member Ivan Fernandez remarked during the public release of the report that the five hottest years in Earth’s recorded history were the last five, the temperature in a number of communities […]

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Glacier in China

China’s Glaciers in Retreat

Glaciers in China’s bleak, rugged Qilian mountains are disappearing at a shocking rate as global warming brings unpredictable change and raises the prospect of crippling, long-term water shortages, scientists say. Read more

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Mount Everest

Climate change, human impacts altering Everest faster, more significantly than previously known

New findings from the most comprehensive scientific expedition to Mount Everest in history are in today’s interdisciplinary scientific journal One Earth. The collection of research papers and commentaries about Mount Everest, known locally as Sagarmatha and Chomolangma, identifies critical information about the Earth’s highest-mountain glaciers and the impacts they’re experiencing due to climate change. As part […]

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Lauren Ross

UMaine researchers develop models to forecast lethal ASP toxin movement in waterways

University of Maine researchers will develop a tool for predicting how biotoxins released by algal blooms that can cause public health issues travel through estuarine and coastal waters. The focus of the UMaine-led effort pertains to marine harmful algal blooms of the diatom Pseudo-nitzschia that causes medical problems through the production of the toxin domoic […]

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Punakha Dzong

Study co-authored by UMaine glacial geologist finds seismic monitoring may improve early warnings for glacial lake outburst floods

A team of scientists, including one from the University of Maine Climate Change Institute, found that monitoring ground vibrations may enhance early warning systems for sudden floods resulting from glacial melting. Aaron Putnam, an assistant professor in the UMaine School of Earth and Climate Sciences and CCI, participated in a study spearheaded by Columbia University’s […]

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Experts to address climate change topics, questions in free webinar

What is Maine doing to address climate change? How does climate change impact geopolitical unrest? Are the wildfires in the western United States related to climate change? People interested in learning more about these and other topics are invited to the “A Climate Change Forum — Your chance to ask questions about climate change” webinar 6–7 p.m. Monday, Sept. […]

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Coffin to serve on GEBCO Sub-Committee on Undersea Feature Names

Mike Coffin will represent Australia on the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) Sub-Committee on Undersea Feature Names (SCUFN). As a member of the subcommittee, the University of Maine marine geoscientist and research professor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences will help define the guidelines used to name undersea features and consider […]

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Winski to analyze Alaskan ice core to understand fire conditions in 21st century

The National Science Foundation awarded Dominic Winski $137,419 to reconstruct 1,500 years of summer climate and wildfire history in Alaska, western Canada and Siberia using an ice core from Denali National Park. Studies that combine past records of summer climate and wildfire are critically needed, says Winski. “Right now, the climate and landscape are changing. […]

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Grew a guest editor of a special edition of Elements magazine

Edward Grew, University of Maine research professor of Earth sciences, is co-guest editor, with Robert Bowell and Philip Pogge von Strandmann, of “Lithium: Less is More”, a special edition of Elements, an international magazine of mineralogy, geochemistry and petrology.  The August 2020 issue also features an article by Grew, “The Minerals of Lithium.” Grew and […]

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