Earth System Science News Archive


New Graduate Program Brings Rutgers Students Together to Tackle Climate Change Along the Coast

New Graduate Program Brings Rutgers Students Together to Tackle Climate Change Along the Coast

By Ken Kurtulik This September, Rutgers welcomed thirteen masters’ and Ph.D. students into a new program that is working to help coastal communities and ecosystems become more resilient to the effects of a changing climate. “The Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience, or C2R2, program trains students ...
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Going to Extremes: Juliane Gross Gets Ready to Hunt for Meteorites in Antarctica

Going to Extremes: Juliane Gross Gets Ready to Hunt for Meteorites in Antarctica

Being “a good scientific citizen” in one of the world’s most desolate places. There are out-of-the-way places. There are remote places. Then there are places like the Trans-Antarctic Mountains, where the nearest human being – possibly, the nearest living organism – is at least 150 miles away. That ...
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Climate Report: Get Ready for More Surprises in Warming Climate

Climate Report: Get Ready for More Surprises in Warming Climate

Q&A with Rutgers Professor Robert E. Kopp, co-author of “the most up-to-date comprehensive report on climate science on the planet” The Climate Science Special Report, released last week by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, details the science behind global warming and its current and ...
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Remembering Professor Diane Adams

Remembering Professor Diane Adams

On Sunday, November 5th, the crew of the E/V Nautilus deployed a plaque in memory of Professor Diane Adams at a hydrothermal vent site in the Pescadero Basin, Gulf of California. Professor Adams passed on June 22 this year at the age of 37. ...
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Scott Glenn Named MTS Fellow

Scott Glenn Named MTS Fellow

EOAS member Scott Glenn was named a Fellow of the Marine Technology Society at the society’s Oceans 2017 meeting held from September 18 to 21 in Anchorage, Alaska. Designation as a Marine Technology Fellow is one of the highest accolades an individual can achieve. Since 1975, this title has been ...
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Sea-Level Rise Will Make Flooding Much Worse in New York City

Sea-Level Rise Will Make Flooding Much Worse in New York City

Floods that once occurred every 500 years on average could average every five years after 2030, even though hurricanes may steer further offshore. As the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy nears, Rutgers University-New Brunswick scientists Andra Garner, Robert Kopp and Benjamin Horton have some ...
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Forests Minimize Severe Heat Waves

Forests Minimize Severe Heat Waves

Department of Environmental Sciences professor and EOAS member Dr. Ben Lintner is part of a study recently published in Nature Communications on the effect of historical land cover change on weather extremes. To learn more about this important study, click the link below to be directed to NOAA& ...
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Tikoo receives GSA Outstanding Women in Science Award

Tikoo receives GSA Outstanding Women in Science Award

By Ken Kurtulik Sonia Tikoo, an assistant professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and member of the Rutgers Institute for Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS), is receiving the Doris Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science award from the Geological Society of America for her research into ...
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Rohi Muthyala: No Computer-Chained Modeler, She

Rohi Muthyala: No Computer-Chained Modeler, She

In a quest to build better climate models, Rutgers-New Brunswick grad student measures the melting of the Greenland ice sheet.  When she was an undergraduate in India, everyone Rohi Muthyala knew seemed to be studying computer science. “Everyone was working on computers and never getting up from ...
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How Does the Greenland Ice Sheet Melt? Rutgers Goes to Greenland, to Find Out

How Does the Greenland Ice Sheet Melt? Rutgers Goes to Greenland, to Find Out

Video highlights intrepid Rutgers-New Brunswick scientists’ work on a climate change threat. The Greenland ice sheet is melting, and it’s important for the hundreds of millions of people who live near sea level to know how it’s melting, and how fast the meltwater reaches the ocean and affects sea ...
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Large Volcanic Eruptions in Tropics can Trigger El Niño Events

Large Volcanic Eruptions in Tropics can Trigger El Niño Events

Rutgers professor helps show how eruptions cool tropical Africa, spawning El Niños Explosive volcanic eruptions in the tropics can lead to El Niño events, those notorious warming periods in the Pacific Ocean with dramatic global impacts on the climate, according to a new study. Enormous eruptions ...
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Deep Roots in Plants Driven by Soil Hydrology

Deep Roots in Plants Driven by Soil Hydrology

Rutgers professor leads synthesis study of roots – the “brains” of the plant world – and relation to hydrology Searching for water, some tree roots probe hundreds of feet deep and many treessend roots through cracks in rocks, according to a new study led by a Rutgers University-New Brunswick ...
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Lessons from Sandy: Hurricanes Behaving Oddly

Lessons from Sandy: Hurricanes Behaving Oddly

New revelations from Rutgers-New Brunswick scientists’ deployment of a submersible, data-collecting robot in advance of Superstorm Sandy Five years ago next month, four days before Superstorm Sandy made landfall in New Jersey, Rutgers University-New Brunswick marine scientists  launched a data ...
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Moon’s Magnetic Field Lasted Far Longer Than Once Believed

Moon’s Magnetic Field Lasted Far Longer Than Once Believed

Rutgers and MIT experts lead lunar rock study with implications for life and habitability on other moons and planetary bodies. The moon’s magnetic field lasted 1 billion to 2.5 billion years longer than once thought – a finding with important implications for habitability on other moons and ...
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New Ape Species Named After 13-Million-Year-Old Skull Discovery

New Ape Species Named After 13-Million-Year-Old Skull Discovery

Rutgers EOAS’ Craig Feibel helps date fossil in study that boosts understanding of evolution. A 13-million-year-old infant ape skull – the oldest known fossil of its kind – is a new species that enhances knowledge of ape and human evolution, according to a study by an international team of ...
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Remembering Diane Adams

Remembering Diane Adams

  In Memory of Diane, It is with great sadness that I report the loss of Diane Adams on June 22, 2017 when she joined the legions of talented young who passed well before their time.  Diane came to Rutgers as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences in 2013.  ...
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Sea Cave Preserves 5,000-Year Snapshot of Tsunamis

Sea Cave Preserves 5,000-Year Snapshot of Tsunamis

Record tells us we don’t know much about predicting earthquakes that cause tsunamis. An international team of scientists digging in a sea cave in Indonesia has discovered the world’s most pristine record of tsunamis, a 5,000-year-old sedimentary snapshot that reveals for the first time how ...
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Rutgers Atmospheric Science Graduate Program Turns 10 Years Old

Rutgers Atmospheric Science Graduate Program Turns 10 Years Old

    Faculty, students and alumni of the Rutgers Graduate Program in Atmospheric Science (GPAS) marked the 10th anniversary of the program’s establishment with an afternoon symposium held during the Spring semester at the Cook Student Center. The event featured a keynote address by Arlene ...
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A Welcome From EOAS’ New Director

Humanity’s role on our small planet is rapidly changing. The scientific and industrial revolutions of the past centuries have brought about the wealthiest and most peaceful time in the history of our species. But, as a byproduct of this great transformation, there is almost nowhere on Earth’s ...
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Climate Change Damages US Economy, Increases Inequality

Climate Change Damages US Economy, Increases Inequality

Severe costs ahead especially in South and lower Midwest, pioneering analysis projects.  Unmitigated climate change will make the United States poorer and more unequal, according to a new study published today in the journal Science. The poorest third of counties could sustain economic damages ...
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