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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

UDaily: Sustainable estuaries - NSF grant supports research on sustainable urban estuaries
12/12/2013 -

Altering waterways — from deepening rivers to paving over wetlands — has helped port cities thrive over the past century. Yet the changes can disrupt nature’s ways of dealing with coastal storms, as seen in New York last year after Hurricane Sandy.

“When you deepen an estuary, you basically reduce its capacity to buffer the impacts of extreme tides and storm surge,” said Chris Sommerfield, associate professor of oceanography in the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment(CEOE). “Some people think that Hurricane Sandy had more of an impact in New York City than it would have before the harbor was deepened and the wetlands filled.”

UDaily: AASC president  - Leathers elected president of state climatologists association
12/11/2013 -

Dan Leathers, Delaware state climatologist and professor of geography in the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, has been elected president of the American Association of State Climatologists (AASC). 

The national organization promotes cooperation between state climatologists and agencies that collect and analyze climate information. 

UDaily: Climate lecture  - Expert to discuss future of Delaware's climate amidst global changes
12/06/2013 -

Climate is changing throughout the state of Delaware, across the United States and for the planet as a whole. Scientists are documenting increasing temperatures, rising sea levels, and more frequent precipitation and heat waves. 

Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, will discuss those changes at a lecture titled “Delaware’s Future Climate: Connecting Global Change to Local Impacts” on Monday, Dec. 9. Hosted by the University of Delaware’sCollege of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, the lecture will be held at 2 p.m. in Room 222 of Gore Hall.

UDaily: V2G partnership - UD, Honda partner on vehicle-to-grid technology
12/06/2013 -

Honda has joined a demonstration project for experimental vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology aimed at providing a potentially valuable energy storage resource to the nation’s electrical grid while providing for more cost-effective ownership of plug-in electric vehicles. 

The Honda technology builds off of the research conducted by the University of Delaware and now supported by NRG Energy Inc.

UDaily: Coastal sea change - UD oceanographer reports on human-caused changes to carbon cycling
12/05/2013 -

Carbon dioxide pumped into the air since the Industrial Revolution appears to have changed the way the coastal ocean functions, according to a new analysis published this week in Nature.

A comprehensive review of research on carbon cycling in rivers, estuaries and continental shelves suggests that collectively this coastal zone now takes in more carbon dioxide than it releases. The shift could impact global models of carbon’s flow through the environment and future predictions related to climate change.

UDaily: AAAS Fellows - UD professors Riordan, White recognized for advancing science
11/26/2013 -

University of Delaware professors Charles G. Riordan and Harold (Hal) B. White III have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. 

The association bestows the title on AAAS members who are selected by their peers for scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The 388 members selected this year will officially receive the distinction on Feb. 15 during the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago.

UDaily: Distinguished lecturer - Marine biologist Biddle awarded lectureship on deep-ocean drilling research
11/19/2013 -

From drilling rigs in the middle of the ocean, scientists have been digging deep for clues about Earth’s history and life beneath the seafloor for decades. Bringing up slices of oceanic crust has led to discoveries on prehistoric climate, a 65-million-year-old asteroid impact and plate tectonics.

“These are all things that we can get from doing this kind of experimentation,” said Jennifer Biddle, assistant professor of marine biosciences in the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. “But there’s so much more to know, and I try to leave people with the idea that we’ve only just scratched the surface.”

UDaily: When the wind blows - New wind energy research focuses on turbine arrangement, wind seasonality
10/31/2013 -

Research into the best ways to arrange wind turbines has produced staggering results — quite literally. 

The University of Delaware’s Cristina Archer and her Atmosphere and Energy Research Group found that staggering and spacing out turbines in an offshore wind farm can improve performance by as much as 33 percent. 

“Staggering every other row was amazingly efficient,” said Archer, associate professor of physical ocean science and engineering and geography in UD’s

UDaily: Words of wisdom  - New environmental named professors to give joint seminar Nov. 1
10/23/2013 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute invites the University of Delaware community to a special seminar and reception saluting three outstanding young faculty who were recently appointed to environmental named chairs.

Each of the honorees will present a short talk on his or her area of expertise designed for a broad, interdisciplinary audience beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, in 104 Gore Hall.

Following the talks, a reception will be held in the Gore Hall lobby from 5-6:30 p.m.

UDaily: Campus community celebrates official ISE Lab grand opening
10/22/2013 -

As he walked the halls of the University of Delaware’s Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory Thursday, the international relations major wished he could swap course schedules with his computer science major friends to score a coveted seat inside ISE Lab. “It’s really amazing how we’ve changed from our old buildings that still have so much character to them to a modern version,” he said. “I just love it.”