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by Mathew Barlow, UML Professor of Climate Science

Posted March 21, 2019

 

During the 2018-2019 Northern Hemisphere winter, a major Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) occurred in association with the breakdown of the Polar Stratospheric Vortex.

The following video shows the evolution of the vortex starting from a strong circulation in late Dec 2018, through the breakdown in early Jan 2019, and into recovery by the end of Feb 2019.  The evolution is shown in terms of potential vorticity and winds on the 850K isentropic surface (about...

In a new project led by the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), the CCI is parterning with the Waters Foundation, Rutgers University, as well as TRIO Upward Bound (UB) pilot sites from UMass Boston, University of Kansas, Family Centered Education Agency in Chicago, and University of Georgia, in a new three-year project funded by the National Science Foundation.  The project is entitled:  iStronG (Inclusive, Strong and Green): A student-centered systems thinking, place-based and technology driven curriculum.

“Inclusive, Strong and...

New research suggests it is, even across the political divide

81% of participants in a role play simulation increased motivation to combat climate change, regardless of political orientation

Research published in PLoS ONE found that 81% of participants in the World Climate Simulation, a role-playing game of the UN...

By Edwin Aguirre
Reporter, UMass Lowell
Barlow with weather chartsIn May 2006, an unusually strong low-pressure system stalled over the central United States, bringing torrential rains to the Northeast and triggering widespread flooding...

by Ed Brennen

When state legislators wanted to learn more about climate change and how energy policies can impact global warming, they didn’t have to look far for scientific expertise.

Assoc. Prof. Juliette Rooney-Varga of environmental biology and several fellow members of UMass Lowell’s Climate Change Initiative were...

By Professor Lori Weeden

If you were to look at a map of Haiti, you would immediately notice that most of the cities and towns are located along the coast. This reality is why much of the 10 million plus population of Haiti is threatened by sea level rise resulting from climate change. Of course, sea level rise is not the only threat to Haiti posed by climate change. The island of Hispaniola, which Haiti shares with the Dominican Republic is relatively mountainous. Haiti occupies the western side of the...

By Margaret Sobkowicz-Kline

The 2016 presidential election has sent many people into a state of uncertainty, anger and even despair. As is well publicized now, the pollsters got it wrong. Even the Electoral College has been called into question as a representation of the population’s beliefs. But climate change is an issue that transcends the politics of our nation. Now that some of the dust has settled, I have begun to reflect on the implications of the...

By Charlotte Ryan, Professor, UMass Lowell

The Survey: Students in Sociology of Communication and Social Change SOCI 3110 put themselves in the shoes of the roughly 48% of UMass Lowell students who think that climate change is real, but will not impact their lives and or their families’ lives in the near future. It is important to note that only 3% of UMass Lowell students...

Disaster Clean Up Guide

By Craig Slatin

The U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) recently awarded supplemental funding for The New England Consortium-Civil Service Employee Association (TNEC-CSEA). TNEC-CSEA operates a worker health and safety training program for workers engaged in hazardous waste...

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