Climate Change

Chilean Expedition Featured in Newspaper

A recent expedition to Chile by Paul Mayewski, director of UMaine’s Climate Change Institute, and a team of other UMaine scientists, was featured in the Bangor Daily News. The article noted the group drilled ice cores in a crater inside an active volcano. Mayewski told the BDN the region is important because the glaciers there […]

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Hamilton Quoted in Boston Herald

Gordon Hamilton, an associate professor in UMaine’s Climate Change Institute, was quoted in a Boston Herald story about the possible reasons behind the region’s unseasonably warm weather. Hamilton said although climatic phenomenon are partly to blame for the current jet stream trajectory and warm air flow, the bigger cause of the current weather pattern is […]

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Core Meltdown: Blog Seven

Click here to see all Climate Change blog entries. With the ice cores safely on their way back to Maine, we are making the necessary preparations for their processing and analysis. The extraction of ice from the glaciers is only part of the story; the next chapter begins in the freezer at UMaine’s Climate Change […]

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Getting The Ice Cores Home: Blog Six

Click here to see all Climate Change blog entries. We thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent in Maitenes waiting for the Arrieros to join us with the remaining equipment. We enjoyed beautiful weather and delicious meals, which always included fresh fruits and vegetables that are very difficult to maintain in the field. We spent our […]

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Website Picks up UMaine Climate Change Blog

The website Adventures in Climate Change is running all of the blog entries about a team of scientists from the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute who are on an expedition in the Tupungatito Glacier, located in a volcanic crater at an elevation of 19,000 feet in the Andes Mountains in Chile. Paul Mayewski, director […]

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Ice Core Drilling and Return: Blog Five

Click here to see all Climate Change blog entries. The last two weeks have been extremely busy and productive. In the last blog entry we were about to leave for the 18,270-foot camp. We headed up on Feb. 1 and although we had waited for a break in the winds we were met by some strong gusts. The camp […]

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Website Notes Researcher’s Work on Study of Ancient DNA

Kristin Sobolik of UMaine’s Department of Anthropology and Climate Change Institute was noted in a story on the website io9.com for her work in paleofecal research. The story said there was a big breakthrough in human DNA extraction when Sobolik suggested samples found in Hinds Cave in Texas be tested. Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

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Searching for Extremophiles: Blog Four

Click here to see all Climate Change blog entries. It is now our fifth day at 15,750 feet. We had originally planned for 3-4 days at this camp, however, in the last few days the winds above 16,000 feet have steadily increased, with gusts up to 55 mph. We are waiting for a break in the weather […]

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UMaine Climate Change Research Team Explores Chiléan Glacier: Blog Three

Click here to see all Climate Change blog entries. Yesterday we reached the camp at 13,780 feet. It´s a small, flat, sandy area perched on a cliff within the Tupungatito lava flows. The view is spectacular, encompassing the Colorado Valley and many snow-capped mountain peaks. The two peaks that dominate the landscape are Tupungato (about […]

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