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Arctic vegetation spread could boost climate change

Changes in Arctic vegetation due to climate change have probably been underestimated, according to a new computer analysis which shows that tree and shrub cover in the region will increase more than previously expected, accelerating climate change and possible adverse effects on wildlife.

“Such widespread redistribution of Arctic vegetation would have impacts that reverberate through the global ecosystem,” said Richard Pearson, a research scientist at the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation and lead author of the study.

Pearson, working with scientists at Woods Hole Research Center in Malmouth, Mass., called in computer scientists with access to the high-performance computing facilities at Cornell’s Institute for Computational Sustainability (ICS) and AT&T Labs to conduct the analysis. The results appeared March 31 in the journal Nature Climate Change. [Cornell Chronicle 2013-04-09] Read the whole article.

Mahowald Major Contributor to Climate Change Report

Natalie Mahowald, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, is part of an international scientific effort to assess the current state of climate change as a lead author on the fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report, due out by 2014. Her group is responsible for the crucial first chapter on the report’s philosophy and new developments in the physical science of climate change. Read more at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future blog.

Faculty stir up solutions at climate change forum

About 100 professors, graduate students and researchers affiliated with the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future gathered March 28 to exchanged ideas about projects and studies in energy, the environment and economic development in the era of climate change. “It was a great array of faculty and graduate students from fields ranging from the physical and natural sciences to economics and the humanities,” said David Wolfe, professor of horticulture and a conference organizer. “The creative energy in the room was almost palpable. I think this is what happens when we hear surprising and mind-opening perspectives from those in very different disciplines. Exciting ideas for future collaboration across these disciplines came forward.” [Cornell Chronicle 2013-04-02] Read the whole article.

Invasive weeds could shed light on climate-coping

While other species are expected to suffer from environmental fluctuations, changes in temperature may help invasive weeds expand their ranges. [Cornell Chronicle 2013-03-13] Read the whole article.

Iscol Lecture April 22: Peter Kareiva, Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservancy

“Overcoming Dogma and Prophecies of Doom to Save Nature,” April 22, 5 p.m. Also, interdisciplinary roundtable discussion, “Promises, Possibilities, and Perils of ‘New’ Conservation” April 23, 3:30 p.m. Panelists: Prof. Sunny Power (EEB and STS); Prof. Sara Pritchard (STS); Prof. Aaron Sachs (HIST); and Andy Zepp, Executive Director, Finger Lakes Land Trust. Facilitator: Prof. Drew Harvell (EEB) More info.

Climate Smart & Climate Ready Conference April 18-21

April 18-21, Ithaca and Cortland. A major regional conference on making our communities more climate friendly and climate resilient. More info.

Free screening April 8: ‘Chasing Ice’ with photographer James Balog

The Atkinson Forum in American Studies & Cornell Cinema present a free screening of Chasing Ice with National Geographic Photographer & Founder of the Extreme Ice Survey, James Balog, April 8 at 7:30pm. More info.