Research

Our faculty research many aspects of climate change science, including: regional climate change projections, with a focus on extreme weather and wind and precipitation changes; remote sensing of atmospheric chemistry; paleoclimatology; and carbon cycle-climate change feedbacks. Below is a summary of some of our research, with links to read more:

Biobased Plastics Processing

Recent estimates project that conventional petroleum production will peak in the next decade. In addition, most conventional plastics composed of fossil fuels persist in the environment for hundreds to thousands of years, burdening landfills and creating other environmental problems. Learn more

Cool Science

Climate change education offers many challenges and opportunities that may not be encountered in other Earth science topics.  In the cognitive domain, challenges include its inherent complexity and dynamic nature, as well as the prevalence of misconceptions, or faulty mental models, about the climate system. Learn more

Climate Education in an Age of Media

Cool Science is a collaborative effort between the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Graduate School of Education and the University of Massachusetts Boston's Department of Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences.  The Cool Science team brings an inter-disciplinary approach to the challenge of improving public understanding of climate change science. Learn more

Science To Go

Education can happen in unexpected places, especially with the growing prevalence of smartphones. So for 14 months spanning across parts of 2013 and 2014, the ScienceToGo.org team explored new ways to share science with the public using “out of home media” by combining posters and placards on the T (Boston’s public transit system) with online resources, social media, and physical exhibits and events around the city. Learn more

Simulation Games

Simulation-based role-playing games are active learning experiences in which participants take on a role, make decisions, and explore the implications of their decisions on the physical world through a computer simulation. This approach is ideal for learning about coupled human-natural systems, such as climate change, in which both the social aspects of decision-making and the physical-technical system (e.g., the energy and climate systems) are complex. Learn more