As a new feature of our news blog, each week we will be sharing the latest publications coming from the College of the Environment. We hope you enjoy perusing the studies. CoEnv authors’ names are linked to their public profile pages!
This week, 2 new articles published by members of the College of the Environment were added to the Web of Science, a giant database of academic papers:
In a Nature Comment on climate policy, Oceanography’s James Murray and Oxford University’s David King suggest that peak oil has already happened, and that this should lead to policy adjustments in light of short-term economic threats, something that has been slow in coming with the relatively long-term threat of climate change. Read this Comment here.
Each year, students from across Washington come together for a day of exciting competition and enrichment experiences at Orca Bowl, the regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl®. Hosted by Washington Sea Grant, this year the Orca Bowl is on March 3rd, from 8am to 5pm, on UW campus! Although team registration is now closed, you can sign up to be a volunteer or a sponsor. Volunteers get to help with logistics of the day’s events, or even serve as competition officials. Check it out here!
A research vessel off the coast of Hawaii incurred a base-ball sized hole in its hull on Friday, causing it to take on about 400 gallons of water per hour. Luckily the ship was assisted by the US Coast Guard and all on board are now safely on land. Some of our own researchers are in this group, including OCEAN’s Matthew Alford. Read more about this story here.
James Morison lowers instruments to measure salinity. Direct measurements were combined with data from NASA satellites revealing a major redistribution of freshwater in the Arctic. (UW News/NSF)
Just published in Nature, a new study from UW’s Applied Physics Laboratory finds that three Russian rivers have been diverted by what’s called the “Arctic Oscillation”. This broad shift in ocean circulation added what amounts to 10 feet of fresh water onto the Arctic’s Beaufort Sea from 2005 to 2008. APL’s James Morison is the first author on this paper; Cecilia Peralta-Ferriz, a graduate student in the School of Oceanography, is a co-author. Read the UW News coverage here.
2012 will be an exciting year for the Ocean Observatories Initiative, with continued construction of the cabled ocean observatories network and multiple other facets of the project. John Delaney is mentioned. Read more here.