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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

UDaily: Paper estimates widespread tree death in Southwestern forests under global warming scenarios
12/22/2015 -

research paper published today in Nature Climate Changepredicts widespread death of needleleaf evergreen trees (NET) within the Southwest United States by the year 2100 under projected global warming scenarios.

The research team that conducted the study, which includes University of Delaware’s Sara Rauscher, considered both field results and a range of validated regional predictions and global simulation models of varying complexity, in reaching this grim conclusion.

12/18/2015 -

Research papers can contain quite a bit of complicated and academic language. Danielle Dixson knows that. But the assistant professor at the University of Delaware's Lewes campus wants to have her research be more accessible to the masses. To do so, she takes her papers and makes children's books out of them.

UDaily: Computer science students collaborate with environmental educator
12/18/2015 -

As an environmental educator, Maggie Pletta wants children to learn about estuaries, which are bodies of water found where rivers meet the sea. But she knows that kids are a lot more likely to learn from computer games with names like Swamp Sweeper and Estuary Adventure than they are from books, lectures or posters.

12/18/2015 -

f you're looking for a white Christmas, your best bet is to head west of the Rockies. It has been a warm fall in the Mid-Atlantic and the next three months are expected to be warmer and wetter than average, according to forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Branch.

UDaily: Armstrong offers students hands-on learning opportunities at UD's Webb Farm
12/18/2015 -

As he took night classes in ornamental horticulture at the University of Delaware, Larry Armstrong realized something about the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) of which he had been previously unaware -- the college had a livestock farm. Having grown up on a 400-acre farm with sheep, beef cattle and horses, Armstrong said to himself that if a job ever opened up on the farm, he would jump at the opportunity.

UDaily: Landscape design students accept challenge to create active outdoor spaces
12/18/2015 -

From therapeutic gardens to facilities promoting healthy foods, University of Delaware students in an interdisciplinary landscape design course accepted an “Activating Outdoor Space Challenge” this semester. The challenge was designed by Jules Bruck, associate professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), and it asked students to create better spaces on the UD campus.

UDaily: UD researchers mentor early career scientists on using robotics to maximize field work at sea
12/18/2015 -

Nine early career marine scientists from institutions across the nation spent seven days aboard the University of Delaware’s R/V Hugh R. Sharp training to become chief scientists and to use robotics to maximize research opportunities at sea. The R/V Hugh R. Sharp, UD’s 146-foot, state-of-the-art coastal research vessel, is a member of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS). The early career scientists represented Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dartmouth and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), among other institutions.

12/15/2015 -

How will climate change affect the Delaware watershed and the region's water supply? That's the "elephant in the atmosphere," as the Academy of Natural Sciences' Roland Wall put it, and part of the focus of a multimillion-dollar research initiative launching this week. Researchers know that changes in temperature and precipitation will impact the Delaware River and the areas that surround it, But Wall, director of the academy's environmental initiatives, said much less is known about the best approaches to prepare for this and protect the water supply in general.

12/15/2015 -

People the world over are feeling, or soon will feel, the effects of the strongest El Niño event since 1997-98, currently unfolding in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. New satellite observations are beginning to show scientists its impact on the distribution of rain, tropospheric ozone and wildfires around the globe.

UDaily: UD scientist's research shows promise in creating sustainable algae-based biofuels
12/11/2015 -

Carbon dioxide gives soda its fizz and champagne its sparkle. But increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere due to human activities can cause the Earth to warm and oceans to acidify at alarming rates.

Scientists have long sought to find clean, green alternatives to fossil fuels like gasoline, which exacerbate the carbon dioxide problem, and biofuels — fuels derived from biological resources such as plants or plant biomass — are considered a renewable solution.