Research on Climate Change and Lake Champlain’s Legacy Phosphorus Published

A graphic model of Global climate change (GCC) induced changes in air temperature and precipitation that directly influence external nutrient loading from the watershed
A conceptual model of global climate change-induced changes in air temperature and precipitation that directly influence external nutrient loading from the watershed, and indirectly influence internal lake bottom sediment loading of legacy nutrients.

Community Development and Applied Economics Professor Asim Zia is receiving media coverage after the publication of a research paper entitled, “Climate Change-Legacy Phosphorus Synergy Hinders Lake Response to Aggressive Water Policy Targets.” The research investigated the impacts that climate change is having on the ability to meet water quality standards in Lake Champlain. Continue reading “Research on Climate Change and Lake Champlain’s Legacy Phosphorus Published”

Plant Biology Department Inaugurates New Summer Internship

A group of PBIO 290 students, their instructor, Intervale Center land steward Duncan Murdoch, and Intervale volunteers in a group photo.
PBIO 290 students, instructor Laura Hill, Intervale Center’s Duncan Murdoch, and Intervale Center volunteers.

The Plant Biology Department inaugurated a new summer internship. This internship program engages students in local community projects that address issues in sustainability and the environment, specifically related to climate change mitigation and adaptation using plants. Continue reading “Plant Biology Department Inaugurates New Summer Internship”

Research Puts Socio-Politico-Technical Processes into Climate Change Modeling

Model of climate change social and physical feedback
Graphic of the climate-social model components and feedback processes. Components are shown in black and the model feedback processes in green. Feedback processes are identified as positive (+) (that is, reinforcing) or negative (−) (that is, dampening). The black arrow shows a connection between components (policy-adoption effect) that is not directly part of a particular feedback process.

Plant Biology Professor Brian Beckage (with a joint appointment in the Department of Computer Science and a Gund Fellow) is co-author of the recently published study in the journal Nature entitled, Determinants of emissions pathways in the coupled climate-social system. Continue reading “Research Puts Socio-Politico-Technical Processes into Climate Change Modeling”