Subduction zones are characterized by significant geological activities including arc volcanism and earthquakes. At subduction zone settings, hydrated crusts are subducted into the mantle. This releases fluids and rehydrates mangle wedges. It also provides an additional source of aqueous fluid above the slab causing melting and eventually arc volcanism. Often, mantle wedge regions are characterized by anomalously high electrical conductivity signals. Geophysicists have been invoking aqueous fluids with enhanced salinity to explain such observations.
Mesofest is always a fun event. Students in Dr. Henry Fuelberg's mesometeorology class choose a weather event to research and create a poster. They then present their poster to students, staff and faculty during a mini-conference.
Posters (Click on each poster for a larger pdf version)
The University of Miami, Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) is searching for a Research Associate II position in the area of Computer Science/Engineering and/or Information Technology. The position is within the Hurricane Research Division of NOAA. The incumbent will administer existing UNIX systems, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux and HP-UX UX used by CIMAS research staff.
Congratulations to EOAS Professors Dr. Jeff Chanton and Dr. Bill Landing, two outstanding researchers who’s work is being recognized by Florida State University and the Office of Campus Sustainability, for their work on sustainability-related research projects.
Dr. Chanton primarily focuses his research on three areas: reducing greenhouse gas emissions through better landfill design, examining the effects of permafrost thaw and peat soil formation on carbon dioxide and methane, and investigating the effects of the BP oil spill on the ocean sea floor.
News Release from the Keck Center of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS). This consensus report identifies opportunities to improve forecasting of weather, ocean, and other environmental conditions weeks to months ahead. The report presents a 10-year research agenda to accelerate progress in the nation’s subseasonal to seasonal forecasting capabilities to help support decision making.
Dr. Antonio J. Busalacchi Jr. was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. The citation was for understanding of tropical oceans in coupled climate systems via remotely sensed observations and for international leadership of climate prediction/projection research.
Dr. Busalacchi has a Physics BS, Oceanography MS and PhD from Florida State University. His major professor was Dr. James J. O’Brien, Retired Emeritus Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor, Meteorology and Oceanography.
EOAS graduate Jonathan Oulton has published a study on Gujba, a meteorite formed when a metallic body collided with a planet. He and EOAS Professor Munir Humayun used sophisticated lasers and mass spectrometers at the National HIgh Magnetic Field Laboratory and conducted in-depth chemical analysis that has shed light on what was happening when our planets formed.
The Tatoosh School is a nonprofit, university-level field school with a beachfront base camp on Prince of Wales Island and lecture halls in the towns, oceans, and forests of Alaska’s Inside Passage. It is the school’s mission to foster first-hand learning about the ecology and environmental policy of southern Southeast Alaska.