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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

UDaily: UD professor uses thermal infrared imagery to remotely survey Delaware marshes
03/02/2015 -

University of Delaware researcher Jack Puleo reports a new method to remotely survey tidal mudflats in the IEEE journal Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing. The paper, titled “Quantifying Tidal Mud Flat Elevations from Fixed-Platform Long-Wave Infrared Imagery,” details how to collect elevation data in soft environments, such as a marsh, using infrared imagery instead of traditional surveying methods by water craft, walking or land vehicle.

UDaily: Educators invited to participate in MADE CLEAR Climate Science Academy
03/02/2015 -

The University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment invites local educators to apply for the 2015 Climate Science Academy, hosted by Maryland and Delaware Climate Change Education Assessment and Research (MADE CLEAR). The Climate Science Academy is a comprehensive program for teachers who want to learn the science of climate change and explore strategies for teaching climate science to their students. Online applications are being accepting through March 27.

UDaily: Applications for the EPSCoR Summer Scholars program are due March 6
02/27/2015 -

Applications for the 2015 EPSCoR Summer Scholars research internship program are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 6.

The Delaware Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR, has funded more than 250 undergraduate research internships since 2004. 

The program takes place over a 10-week period in the summer. In addition to completing an independent research project, interns participate in skill-building seminars on such topics as going to graduate school, research ethics, and how to make a research presentation. Interns also receive a stipend of $4,000.

02/26/2015 -

As Delaware's state climatologist, Dan Leathers is a walking encyclopedia of First State weather. From the average number of sunny days in Wilmington annually (97) to the average high temperature in Dover in February (43 degrees F), Leathers is your go-to guy. But when it comes to one crucial aspect of weather, you might say the answer is blowing in the wind.

UDaily: UD students, faculty participate in 10th annual Delaware Estuary Summit
02/26/2015 -

As water resources in Delaware and surrounding areas come under increasing stress from development and industry, the annual Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit draws together partners like the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment to encourage collaboration on protecting these resources. Approximately 20 UD students and faculty members joined over 300 scientists, educators and public agency representatives at this year’s summit, held Jan. 25-28 in Cape May, New Jersey.

UDaily: Researcher Firestone to lead lunchtime sustainability talk about UD's wind turbine
02/24/2015 -

The first University of Delaware Green Liaisons sustainability lecture of the spring, featuring UD researcher Jeremy Firestone will be held from noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the Perkins Student Center Ewing Room. 

Firestone will speak about the wind turbine located on the University’s Lewes campus.

UDaily: Poll reveals 79 percent of Delawareans are convinced climate change is happening
02/24/2015 -

An increasing majority of Delawareans are convinced that climate change and sea level rise are happening, and want immediate action to reduce their impacts, according to a 2014 survey conducted by Responsive Management, an independent public opinion firm.

The survey, co-funded by Delaware Sea Grant and the state of Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), polled 1,508 Delaware residents in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties. It follows a 2009 DNREC-funded study to assess Delawareans’ general knowledge of climate change and sea level rise, and support for action.

UDaily: UD-led study suggests new pathway for phosphorous cycling in Chesapeake Bay
02/20/2015 -

In the summer months, phosphorous cycling leads the center of the Chesapeake Bay to suffer from bottom water hypoxia — low levels of oxygen — which makes it hard for oxygen dependent organisms to survive. Conversely, this cycling also causes surface water eutrophication, which leads to phytoplankton blooms.

In a new paper published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, researchers from the University of Delaware and other institutions have identified for the first time organic matter remineralization as the predominant pathway for the phosphorous cycling that occurs in the Chesapeake.

UDaily: Student savvy helps entrepreneurs get products to market
02/17/2015 -

They went back to the proverbial drawing board time after time, four teams of inventive University of Delaware students testing this equation, that logo and yet another configuration. What they came up with -- these young engineers, scientists, marketers, artists, business analysts and public policy wonks -- were products that soon could deliver cleaner water for millions, better field training for pharmaceutical professionals, healthier Christmas trees and biofeedback to put the fun back into physical therapy.

02/17/2015 -

Two environmental groups asked a judge Thursday to help them find a legal venue that could hear an appeal for a state order that expanded the Delaware City Refinery's crude oil shipping operations. The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club and Delaware Audubon Society told Superior Court Judge Andrea L. Rocanelli during more than three hours of oral arguments in Wilmington that the two boards they have attempted to address the appeal with have declined.