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Exhaustive comparison of continental-scale hydrological models ensures better management of water resources

July 6, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

While Earth’s freshwater resources are finite, the challenge of effectively and sustainably managing them as we head into a warmer future with a growing human population means keeping tabs on a seemingly endless network of above- and below-ground waterways. For…

2021 Hack Graduate Award recipients take on water issues from bacterial gels to plant diversity in arid climates

June 15, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

The High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) has selected 11 Princeton University graduate students as 2021 recipients of the Mary and Randall Hack ’69 Graduate Awards for Water and the Environment. The awardees are Avery Agles, Tairan An, Shashank Anand, Jianshu…

HMEI-STEP Fellows to explore environmental policy, from reforesting farms to virus-based pest control

May 18, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Princeton University graduate students Shashank Anand, Glen Chua, Anna Jacobson and Michael Patrick Schwoerer have been awarded 2021 HMEI-STEP Environmental Policy Graduate Fellowships from the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) to explore emerging topics in environmental policy. They represent the…

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…

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…

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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…

What caused the ice ages? Tiny ocean fossils offer key evidence

December 10, 2020 ・ Liz Fuller-Wright

The last million years of Earth history have been characterized by frequent “glacial-interglacial cycles,” large swings in climate that are linked to the growing and shrinking of massive, continent-spanning ice sheets. These cycles are triggered by subtle oscillations in Earth’s…

Plastic pollution is everywhere. Study reveals how it travels

December 4, 2020 ・ Molly A. Seltzer

Plastic pollution is ubiquitous today, with microplastic particles from disposable goods found in natural environments throughout the globe, including Antarctica. But how those particles move through and accumulate in the environment is poorly understood. Now, a Princeton study has revealed…

How plants compete for underground real estate affects climate change and food production

December 3, 2020 ・ Liana Wait

You might have observed plants competing for sunlight — the way they stretch upwards and outwards to block each other’s access to the sun’s rays — but out of sight, another type of competition is happening underground. In the same…