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Science at sea: Bess Ward teaches and researches from the Pacific Ocean

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 11:45am
Bess Ward, Princeton’s William J. Sinclair Professor of Geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute, faced an unusual challenge in the middle of the Spring 2018 semester when she was granted precious research time aboard the research vessel R/V Sally Ride ... at the exact time she had a classroom full of students on campus. Read how she figured out how to teach the class, "Biological Oceanography," from the Pacific Ocean and see photos from her five weeks at sea.

Diving robots find that Antarctic seas release surprising amounts of carbon dioxide in winter

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 12:00pm

The Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica — regarded by scientists as a large and crucial absorber of atmospheric carbon dioxide — may in fact release significantly more carbon dioxide than previously thought during the winter, according to a study from the Princeton University-based Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling (SOCCOM) project administered by PEI. The study is based on data from autonomous floats deployed by SOCCOM that captured the first comprehensive data about the Southern Ocean during the treacherous Antarctic winter.

Ocean's heat cycle shows that atmospheric carbon may be headed elsewhere

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 12:30pm

A Princeton University-led study in the journal Nature Geoscience examined the global carbon cycle and suggests that scientists may have misgauged how carbon is distributed around the world, particularly between the northern and southern hemispheres. The results could change projections of how, when and where the currently massive levels of atmospheric carbon will result in environmental changes such as ocean acidification.

Princeton climate scientist Balaji selected for French climate initiative

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Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 10:30am

PEI associated faculty Venkatramani Balaji is one of 18 scientists worldwide selected to receive funding from the prestigious "Make Our Planet Great Again" climate initiative launched by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Birth of a storm in the Arabian Sea validates climate model

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 11:00am

Researchers from Princeton University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report in the journal Nature Climate Change that extreme cyclones that formed in the Arabian Sea for the first time in 2014 are the result of global warming and will likely increase in frequency. Their model showed that the burning of fossil fuels since 1860 would lead to an increase in the destructive storms in the Arabian Sea by 2015, marking one of the first times that modeled projections have synchronized with real observations of storm activity.

PEI Faculty Seminar Series: Ocean Acidification

Fall 2017 PEI Faculty Seminar Series - 11/7/2017

François M.M. Morel, Albert G. Blanke, Jr., Professor of Geosciences, professor of geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute

A passion for nature drives senior Zoe Sims' excellence in environmental studies

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Monday, June 5, 2017 - 11:00am

Zoe Sims, who will receive her degree in ecology and evolutionary biology and a certificate in environmental studies on June 6, has distinguished herself as a scientist and a student during her time at Princeton. She is motivated by a love of the environment and overcoming the challenges of field work. She received the Environmental Studies Senior Thesis Prize at PEI Class Day on June 5 for her study on the effect of groundwater pollution on coral reefs in Bermuda.

Nitrogen contained in coral provides evidence of human impact on the open ocean

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Friday, May 19, 2017 - 10:30am

“Anthropogenic nitrogen deposition is, perhaps, substantially less severe than has been argued,” said PEI affiliated faculty, Daniel Sigman. In other words, the results of this study suggest that atmospheric nitrogen deposition in the open ocean “is not the problem we may need to worry the most about,” he said. 

PEI Faculty Seminar Series Video: The Future of Carbon and Heat Uptake by the Ocean: Seeking Insight From the Ice Ages

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 2:30pm

PEI Faculty Seminar Series Video: Expert Judgment and Uncertainty Quantification for Sea Level Rise

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 10:15am

Michael Oppenheimer, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School. Director, Center for Science Technology and Environmental Policy