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Simple atmospheric dynamics foretell dangerously hot future for the tropics

May 5, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Extreme heat is among the most concerning and potentially deadly effects of climate change, especially for the rapidly growing and urbanizing populations living in the tropics. Yet, climate models tend to be unclear when projecting how high temperatures will climb…

Connection and resilience: Kuziel explores the ecology of the African savanna

May 3, 2021 ・ Liz Fuller-Wright

When Luca Kuziel discovered the community of ecologists at Princeton, he had no idea that his experience of radical acceptance with them would change the course of his research and his life. Over the past four years, he has deepened…

CMI recognizes published postdoctoral and graduate research related to Net-Zero America, hurricane intensity

April 20, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Erin Mayfield, a postdoctoral research associate in the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI), and Justin Ng, who received his Ph.D. in atmospheric and oceanic sciences from Princeton in 2019, were recognized at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Carbon Mitigation…

Five questions with Allison Carruth, Professor of American Studies and HMEI

April 12, 2021 ・ Jamie Saxon

Allison Carruth joined the Princeton faculty in January as a professor of American studies and the High Meadows Environmental Institute in a new joint appointment that will expand interdisciplinary teaching and research in the environmental humanities. Carruth’s research centers on…

Four Princeton undergraduates named 2021 HMEI Environmental Scholars

April 6, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Princeton University sophomores Yaxin Duan, Chirag Kumar and Aneesha Manocha were selected to receive up to $16,000 from the High Meadows Environmental Institute’s (HMEI) Environmental Scholars Program over the next two years in support of environmental research related to their…

As Princeton’s Lake Carnegie opens less often for skating, a climate trend may be emerging

March 29, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

The heavy snowfalls and frigid days of this past winter in New Jersey let Princeton sophomore Grace Liu finally experience the Northeastern winter she’d only imagined growing up in her Florida hometown of palm trees and sandy beaches. She was…

Intensity of tropical cyclones is probably increasing due to climate change

March 25, 2021 ・ Laura Potts

Many tropical cyclone-prone regions of the world are expected to experience storm systems of greater intensity over the coming century, according to an extensive review of existing research published March 26 in ScienceBrief Review. Moreover, sea-level rise will aggravate coastal flood risk…

Spacing COVID-19 vaccine doses has epidemiological benefits, but longer-term outcomes depend on immunity robustness

March 9, 2021

Delaying second doses of COVID-19 vaccines should reduce case numbers in the near term. But the longer-term case burden and the potential for evolution of viral “escape” from immunity will depend on the robustness of immune responses generated by natural…

High end of climate sensitivity in new climate models seen as less plausible

March 3, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

A recent analysis of the latest generation of climate models — known as a CMIP6 — provides a cautionary tale on interpreting climate simulations as scientists develop more sensitive and sophisticated projections of how the Earth will respond to increasing…