Scientists rank world’s most important, most threatened mountain water towers

Scientists from around the world, including University of Maine Climate Change Institute director Paul Mayewski, have assessed the planet’s 78 mountain glacier-based water systems and, for the first time, ranked them in order of their importance to adjacent lowland communities, as well as their vulnerability to future environmental and socioeconomic changes. Read more

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Graduate students speak at middle school about Everest expedition, Sun Journal reports

The Sun Journal reported University of Maine graduate students Peter Strand and Laura Mattas gave a presentation about their experiences on the National Geographic and Rolex’s Perpetual Planet Extreme Expedition to Mount Everest at Bruce M. Whittier Middle School in Poland, Maine. Strand, a Ph.D. candidate at the Climate Change Institute, and Mattas, a master’s student […]

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CCI teams with Princeton to analyze 2 million-year-old ice cores

Three University of Maine Climate Change Institute scientists are part of a Princeton University-led team that analyzed 2 million-year-old ice cores from Antarctica to provide the first direct observations of Earth’s climate when furred early ancestors of modern humans still roamed. Read more

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Researchers to reconstruct Holocene climate change in Southern Hemisphere

To understand industrial-age glacier recession and climate warming in New Zealand, an international research team led by the University of Maine will document the past 10,000 years of natural variations by studying the moraines of retreating glaciers and rings of temperature-sensitive trees in the Southern Hemisphere. The data will allow researchers to compare the Holocene-era […]

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Contributions by Hamilton, Stearns cited in Science magazine article

Contributions made by Gordon Hamilton and Leigh Stearns are included in Science magazine’s article “Greenland’s Dying Ice,” which features Fiamma Straneo’s research of the Helheim Glacier. Hamilton, an associate research professor at the Climate Change Institute, died in 2016 conducting research in Antarctica. Stearns, an associate professor at the University of Kansas, earned her doctorate at the […]

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Greenland trip with Mayewski focus of two-part podcast

“The Greater Good,” the podcast series of the University of Maine Graduate and Professional Center, has posted the first of a two-part series on a summer 2019 trip to Greenland by Paul Mayewski of the UMaine Climate Change Institute, Firooza Pavri of the University of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Service and Charles Norchi […]

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Liam Flynn: Earth and climate sciences student maps geology in Pyrenees

Liam Flynn of Raymond, Maine is taking a field geology course this summer — in the Pyrenees. Flynn, who just finished his third year as an Earth and climate sciences major, is learning geologic mapping at the field camp. “I am passionate about learning about the Earth’s interactions and how we can use that knowledge […]

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SECS Faculty and Graduate Students take part in National Geographic, Rolex Expedition to Mt. Everest

An international team of scientists, climbers and storytellers, led by the National Geographic Society and Tribhuvan University, and supported in partnership with Rolex, conducted a scientific expedition to Mount Everest, believed to be the most comprehensive single scientific expedition to the mountain in history. The multidisciplinary team installed the two highest weather stations in the […]

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World Climate Negotiation Simulations to be held at Maine schools in May

University of Maine graduate students are partnering with schools across Maine to host World Climate Negotiation Simulation (WCS) activities. The simulation activity was developed by the nongovernmental organization Climate Interactive and involves a role play in which participants act as country leaders and work together to negotiate a global climate agreement. The simulation emulates negotiations […]

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Follow a Researcher® highlights UMaine student studying iceberg melt

Maine 4-H Follow a Researcher® returns for a sixth season with University of Maine graduate student researchers. From 1–2 p.m. May 2, UMaine Earth and climate sciences master’s student Mariama Dryak will be available on Twitter to chat with students and teachers about her studies using satellites to track iceberg melt in Antarctica. Dryak will be […]

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College names Hall winner of 2019 Outstanding Research Award

Dr. Brenda Hall, a professor of glacial geology in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences and Climate Change Institute, was awarded the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture at the University of Maine’s 2019 Outstanding Research Award. The award was presented at the college’s annual Celebration of Excellence on April 17. The college […]

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Stone, Deck and McConnell Among 2019 CUGR and MSGC summer fellowship winners

The University of Maine’s Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) has announced the 2019 CUGR and Maine Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) summer fellowship winners. Undergraduate proposals will be awarded $3,000 for MSGC and $3,300 for CUGR. Graduate projects will receive $6,000 each during the summer semester. Funding is provided by the UMaine Office of the Vice […]

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