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Communicating the Science and Impacts of Fundamental Earth System Change: A Focus on Ice-Snow-Water

Over fifty participants attended an international workshop sponsored by the US National Science Foundation and hosted by the World Bank in Washington, DC from 12-14 November 2014. The workshop was co-organized by CUNY and Vox Naturae of Reykjavik with a focus on exploring key issues, success stories and failures in the transfer of scientific knowledge into the public, private sector and policy domains.

The workshop addressed three primary scientific topics with keynote research talks on the polar vortex; disappearing ice and sea level rise; and permafrost loss, methane and greenhouse gases. Other stage-setting talks were presented by researchers in science communication, and observers, [continued here].

A high-resolution PDF of the workshop report, Motivating Research on the Science Communications Front, is available here.



AGU Fall Meeting 2015

Environmental CrossRoads researchers are convening two sessions at the AGU Fall Meeting 2015:

  • Numerical Modeling and Applications of River Fluxes in Large Basins under Changing Environmental Conditions. Contact Zachary Tessler for more information.

  • NH017: Local and Regional Scenarios for Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability Assessment: "top-down" and "bottom-up" Approaches. Contact Bernice Rosenzweig for more information.

The abstract submission deadline for both is August 5.

CUNY CrossRoads Awarded NSF-USDA Grant for Study of Water Sustainability and Climate

Charles Vorosmarty, Director of the CUNY Environmental CrossRoads Initiative, is the Principal Investigator of the recently-awarded grant entitled, WSC-Category 3: A National Energy-Water System Assessment Framework (NEWS): Stage I Development. According to Vorosmarty, "The focus of this research is on the national grand challenge known as the 'Energy-Water-Climate Nexus.' Specifically, this research is on the reliability of electric power sector infrastructure and operations (electric power grids) and climate change adaptation when viewed from the perspective of strategic water issues". Additional information about the award is available here.

International Team Receives $4M to Study Dimensions of Biodiversity

CUNY Environmental CrossRoads scientist and Principal Investigator Kyle McDonald is part of a multidisciplinary, international team of researchers who have been awarded nearly $4 million to develop a broad interdisciplinary framework to explain and predict plant and animal species distribution in Brazil's endangered Atlantic Forest. Scientists from the City College of New York (CCNY), New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) and University of Sao Paulo (USP) comprise the team, co-led by CCNY's Ana Carnaval and USP's Cristina Miyaki (link to article).

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