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In Antarctica, you’re never really alone
04/22/2020

As a glaciologist for over 30 years, Sridhar Anandakrishnan is well-used to social distancing. Professor of geosciences and a core member of Penn State’s Ice and Climate Exploration group, his field work in Antarctica and Greenland typically takes place in a small camp in the middle of a glacier, 1,000 miles from the closest neighbor. “For the most part,” he says, “it’s two to four people living out of a couple of tents for six to eight weeks. There’s some very particular skills one needs to navigate that kind of situation.”  


Scientists create road map for improving carbon estimates
03/03/2020

Penn State researchers found that a common tool used to understand carbon dioxide fluxes, or how the gas moves between the atmosphere and ecosystems, may be overconfident because of uncertainties in the release of carbon dioxide by the combustion of fossil fuels.


Digging into the past
03/03/2020

High on the craggy cliffs of Oman's rocky desert landscape, Sarah Ivory squeezed into narrow, dark caves in search of a different kind of goldmine.


U.S. methane emissions focus of EarthTalks seminar by Ken Davis
02/24/2020

Ken Davis, professor of atmospheric and climate science at Penn State, will look at U.S. methane emissions, with a particular focus on the oil and gas industry, at the next EarthTalks seminar at 4 p.m. Monday, March 2, in 112 Walker Building.


Penn State tops NSF rankings for breadth of research expertise
02/18/2020

The breadth of Penn State's research expertise surpasses that of any university in the country, according to the latest National Science Foundation rankings of Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) research expenditures by key fields and subfields, released in November 2019.


EarthTalks: Richard Alley discusses collapsing ice sheets, coastal communities
02/17/2020

Richard Alley, Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences, will discuss how human-caused global warming is affecting ice sheets and impacting coastal communities at the next EarthTalks seminar at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, in 112 Walker Building. 


Forest soils release more carbon dioxide than expected in rainy season
02/12/2020

Current carbon cycle models may underestimate the amount of carbon dioxide released from the soil during rainy seasons in temperate forests like those found in the northeast United States, according to Penn State researchers.


New WPSU podcast highlights Penn State researchers' work, community impact
02/10/2020

A new podcast that highlights the work of Penn State researchers and how their findings impact communities near and far is now available through central Pennsylvania's public media station.


Sediment loading key to predicting post-wildfire debris flows 59
02/05/2020

The mudslides that follow wildfires in Southern California can be deadly and difficult to predict. New research can help officials identify areas prone to these mudslides and respond before disaster occurs, according to scientists.


EarthTalks explores societal impacts of origin of life and space sciences
02/03/2020

Chris House, professor of geosciences at Penn State, will share several origin of life and space science research discoveries and their societal impacts at the next EarthTalks seminar at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, in 112 Walker Building at University Park.