Dig into the latest big report just released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and a fact sheet tells you about projected climate changes in central North America. There’s “high confidence” that drought will increase as warming increases, according to the panel’s sixth report, “Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis.” It’s “very likely” … Continue reading Regional climate forecast is troubling, but there’s hope
While the term “climate change” can provoke polarized reactions, retired Marshalltown ophthalmic surgeon and philanthropist Dr. John Graether says those reactions point to the importance of education. “The education of people is so important in fighting climate change; people don’t grasp the enormity of the problem,” he says. “I think we can make a difference … Continue reading Winds of Change – The Graether Family Fund for Climate Science
The Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences (GEAT) is changing the application process for students seeking graduate degrees in geology and meteorology. These changes include discontinuing the GRE requirement (effective immediately) and implementing a two-stage application process (forthcoming) in hopes of reducing barriers faced by underrepresented student groups. Our overall goal is to increase the … Continue reading GEAT drops GRE requirement from graduate admissions process
Dr. Christina Patricola studies the physical relationships between extreme weather events, natural climate variability, and climate change within the coupled Earth system. She uses high-resolution numerical climate models and observations to investigate connections between the large-scale climate and extreme weather events, including tropical cyclones, floods, storms, and drought. Dr. Ian Williams studies atmospheric and terrestrial … Continue reading GEAT welcomes Assistant Professors Christina Patricola and Ian Williams!
Bill Gallus, an Iowa State storm expert (and chaser), was as surprised as anybody by the Aug. 10 derecho that blew across Iowa and the Midwest. He expects researchers will take a good look at why the violent, straight-line winds didn’t show up in forecasts. And does a warmer climate mean more of these storms … Continue reading Derecho Debrief with Dr. Bill Gallus
Congratulations to Dr. Betsy Swanner, associate professor in geology, who has been awarded a National Science Foundation 2020 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, one of the NSF’s most distinguished awards! The award will support Betsy’s project entitled, “Quantifying the Extent and Biogeochemical Impact of Modern Ferruginous Lakes”. You can find her Twitter summary of … Continue reading Dr. Betsy Swanner receives NSF CAREER award