Linking Science, Technology and Policy for a Sustainable Earth

Water in the Anthropocene is a three-minute film charting the global impact of humans on the water cycle (posted on Vimeo) organized by the international Global Water System Project. Through its leadership and participation in the activities of the Project for over a decade, CUNY Environmental CrossRoads scientists have helped to develop many of the concepts put forward in this video. [Data visualization is by the Global Water System Project. The film was produced by Globaia and the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme.]

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.

CCNY Undergraduate Wins Prestigious NOAA EPP Scholarship

Olivia Poon, a CCNY Environmental Engineering major doing research with the Northeast Regional Earth System Project (NE-RESM), has won a 2014 NOAA Educational Partnership Program (EPP) scholarship through the Undergraduate Scholarship Program (USP). The Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides an opportunity for rising junior students to study disciplines relating to NOAA's mission. Additional information about the program is available here.

CUNY CrossRoads Scientist Publishes Research on South Sudan Vector-Borne Diseases

Kyle McDonald, a CUNY Environmental CrossRoads scientist and Principal Investigator, is one of several authors of an article recently published in Earthzine: Fostering Earth Observation and Global Awareness entitled, Utilizing Remote Sensing to Explore Environmental Factors of Visceral Leishmaniasis in South Sudan. The article is available here. Additional information about this work can be found 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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