Riverine ecosystem services and the thermoelectric sector: Strategic issues facing the Northeast. [PDF].
2016 Christopher Whitney: EPA STAR Fellowship
DURHAM, NH - Congratulations to Chris Whitney who has won an EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship for 2016. He was one of only seven chosen to receive this award in the New England States and one of only 52 graduate students nation wide. [Read more here and also here.]
UNH Scientists Find Urban Ecosystems "Evolve"
DURHAM, NH - Cities are generally thought of as highly engineered landscapes that are not as ecologically dynamic as naturally occurring forests and free-flowing streams. But in a series of studies published Sep 10 in a special issue of the journal Biogeochemistry, scientists specializing in urban ecosystems, including two from UNH, show urban and suburban environments are dynamic biological, chemical, and even geological ecosystems that can change relatively quickly in response to human activities. [Read more here.]
Study finds that Northeast rivers act as horizontal cooling towers
DURHAM, NH - Running two computer models in tandem, scientists from the University of New Hampshire have detailed for the first time how thermoelectric power plants interact with climate, hydrology, and aquatic ecosystems throughout the northeastern U.S. and show how rivers serve as "horizontal cooling towers" that provide an important ecosystem service to the regional electricity sector; but at a cost to the environment. [Read more here.]
Composing an Aquatic Symphony
DURHAM, NH - In a memorable scene from the movie "Amadeus," Emperor Joseph II tells an incredulous Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that although the young composer's symphony he'd just premiered was indeed ingenious, it simply had too many notes to digest in one sitting. On the contrary, scientist Wil Wollheim is hoping a current NOAA/NH Sea Grant-funded project he is heading will provide a rare cascade of "notes" to allow composition of what he calls an "aquatic symphony." [Read more here.]
Claire Treat and Steve Frolking published a News and Views piece in the October 2013 issue of Nature Climate Change on the fate of carbon stored in Arctic permafrost under changing climate conditions. [Read more here.]
NH EPSCoR researchers are studying the environment in an effort to support better management of the state's natural resources, so that population growth and development proceed in a sustainable fashion, without threatening the quality of life that makes New Hampshire a desirable place to live and visit. [Video available here.]
Banner image: Boatyard and Harbor, Rockport, Maine (photo courtesy of Joe Dube at http://joedube.com).