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Russian Far East holds seismic hazards that could threaten Pacific Basin - UW Today

For decades, a source of powerful earthquakes and volcanic activity on the Pacific Rim was shrouded in secrecy, as the Soviet government kept outsiders away from what is now referred to as the Russian Far East.  But research in the last 20 years has shown that the Kamchatka Peninsula and Kuril Islands are a seismic and volcanic hotbed, with a potential to trigger tsunamis that pose a risk to the rest of the Pacific Basin.  

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2013 George Melendez Wright Climate Change Youth Initiative

The National Park Service and the UW College of the Environment are pleased to announce the 2013 George Melendez Wright Climate Change Youth Initiative. This program provides opportunities for young people to work on diverse issues related to climate change and its effects in national parks. The opportunities take two forms – competitive fellowships awarded to advanced graduate students (Masters and Doctorate levels) to support their independent research, and paid internships in which undergraduate or beginning graduate students work for approximately 12 weeks on projects in research, interpretation, park operations, policy development, or other fields. 

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Atmospheric rivers in the age of climate change - Scientific American

Right now California is experiencing what some call a “pineapple express” — a jet stream of moisture that has already resulted in over 10 inches of rain in some locations. How common are these rivers of atmospheric moisture, and how might they change with climate change? Check out this in-depth story from Scientific American, published early in light of the current storms. 

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Robert Houze named AAAS fellow

Eleven University of Washington researchers, including ATMO’s Robert A. Houze, are among 702 new fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Election as a fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers, in recognition of meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications. Houze was recognized for his outstanding contributions in the field of atmospheric sciences, which include over 200 publications, and key insights into cloud dynamics and the meteorology of the Tropics. 

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