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January 2018

Manabe wins Crafoord Prize for fundamental contributions to climate change research

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Friday, January 26, 2018 - 2:15pm

Syukuro "Suki" Manabe, senior meteorologist in atmospheric and oceanic sciences, has been awarded Sweden's prestigious Crafoord Prize in Geosciences for "fundamental contributions to understanding the role of atmospheric trace gases in Earth’s climate system." Manabe, whose work is the foundation for all modern climate research, created the first global climate model after his groundbreaking studies of atmospheric dynamics in the 1960s.

Predicting snowpack in the West before the first flake falls

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 9:00am

New Princeton-NOAA research suggests that annual snowmelt in the American West can be predicted to the scale of a mountain range as early as March — some eight months before winter begins. The research has the potential to improve water-related decisions for numerous sectors, including agriculture, tourism and fire-control.

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.

Spotty coverage: Climate models underestimate cooling effect of daily cloud cycle

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 11:15am

Princeton University researchers have found that the climate models scientists use to project future conditions on our planet underestimate the daily cooling effect that clouds have, which results in warmer, drier conditions than might actually occur. While the researchers found that these inaccuracies did not seem to invalidate climate projections, they do increase the margin of error for understanding how climate change will affect us.

The ecological costs of war in Africa

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 1:00pm

After years of examining conflict in Africa's protected areas, Princeton researchers Joshua Daskin and Robert Pringle report in the journal Nature that war has been a consistent factor in the decades-long decline of Africa's large mammals. But they also found that wildlife populations rarely collapsed to the point where recovery was impossible, meaning that even protected areas severely affected by conflict are promising candidates for conservation and rehabilitation.

Applications now open for 2018 PEI Summer Internships

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 9:00am

PEI is now taking applications for paid, full-time internships for Summer 2018. Our 8-12 week internships provide hands-on experience in environmentally focused research on campus or around the world, and include a stipend for travel and expenses.