42 news posts from August 2012

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Climate change: Brief but warm Antarctic summer – Nature

A temperature record derived from measurements of an ice core drilled on James Ross Island, Antarctica, prompts a rethink of what has triggered the recent warming trends on the Antarctic Peninsula.  Read more about what Eric Steig – professor of Earth and Space Sciences – has to say about this. 

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66th field season underway in world’s longest-running effort to monitor salmon - UW News

When the University of Washington launched its Alaska Salmon Program 66 years ago, researchers were tasked with determining why Alaska’s sockeye salmon catches had declined by over 50% in just 20 years: from 22 million fish per year to 10 million. At that time the fundamental biology of salmon was poorly known and there were no long-term studies integrating salmon and their ecosystems in a holistic manner, SAFS‘ Thomas Quinn wrote in a history of the program and the five field camps UW established. 

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University of Washington lauded - again - for its green practices

University of Washington has a thriving student farm, a growing number of LEED buildings, and an extremely supportive bike-commuting program. And it’s been recognized for these efforts and more, repeatedly. The latest: UW makes #4 on Sierra Club’s “Cool Schools”, and it is included in the Princeton Reviews’ “Green Honor Roll”. Read up about UW’s latest efforts! 

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Scientists argue the case for geoengineering experiment - UW News

A group of researchers, including ATMO‘s Rob Wood, have published a comprehensive paper on marine cloud brightening, to shed light on what we do and don’t know about this geoengineering possibility. They argue that we can, and should, gather more information about marine cloud brightening as a way to slow global warming, including performing small-scale experiments. Read more about Rob’s paper here! 

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Public participation in scientific research celebrated in Portland

Have you heard about the awesome ways in which people can get involved in scientific research? Projects like Fold.it, COASST and Whale.fm are only a few of the examples of the burgeoning opportunities under the term “public participation in scientific research” (or PPSR or citizen science). A conference devoted to this topic took place in Portland at the beginning of the month and it was a huge success. 

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