2012-05-07 - RACC Member Asim Zia - Land Use Adaptation to Climate Change

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 19:03
Global climate change, especially the phenomena of global warming, is expected
to increase the intensity of land-falling hurricanes. Societal adaptation is needed to reduce vulnerability from increasingly intense hurricanes. This study quantifies the adaptation effects of potentially policy driven caps on housing densities and agricultural cover in coastal (and adjacent inland) areas vulnerable to hurricane damages in the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal regions of the U.S. Time series regressions, especially Prais-Winston and Autoregressive
Moving Average (ARMA) models, are estimated to forecast the economic impacts of
hurricanes of varying intensity, given that various patterns of land use emerge in the Atlantic and Gulf coastal states of the U.S. The Prais-Winston and ARMA models use observed time series data from 1900 to 2005 for inflation adjusted hurricane damages and socio-economic and land-use data in the coastal or inland regions where hurricanes caused those damages. The results from this study provide evidence that increases in housing density and agricultural cover cause significant rise in the de-trended inflation-adjusted damages. Further, higher intensity and frequency of land-falling hurricanes also
significantly increase the economic damages. The evidence from this study implies that a medium to long term land use adaptation in the form of capping housing density and agricultural cover in the coastal (and adjacent inland) states can significantly reduce economic damages from intense hurricanes. Future studies must compare the benefits of such land use adaptation policies against the costs of development controls implied in housing density caps and agricultural land cover reductions.
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2012-05-05 - Streams Participant Alayna Hauke named as Academic All-Star

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 14:28
Streams Student Alayna Hauke named as Academic All-Star
Top 5 accomplishments: Being named valedictorian, getting the Bausch and Lomb Science Scholarship, getting a 5 on the AP calculus exam, playing four years of varsity soccer and tennis, and working with the Vermont EPSCoR Streams Project twice.
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2012-05-04 - Patrick Clemins, VT EPSCoR Cyber Education Specialist - Invited Panelist at 2012 Internet 2 Member Meeting

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 14:28
Patrick Clemins, PhD, Vermont EPSCoR Cyber Education Specialist, was an invited panelist at the Spring 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting in Arlington, VA, on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012. The Vermont EPSCoR program is housed at the University of Vermont (UVM). The panel, titled "Expanding the Research Horizons and Impact of Less Research Intensive Institutions", focused on activities being undertaken by the Internet2 community to include educational institutions outside of the "R1" research university community including primarily undergraduate colleges, community colleges, K-12 schools, libraries, museums, and education-based associations. Dr. Clemins outlined the efforts of Vermont EPSCoR and UVM to establish a Vermont Internet2 Sponsored Educational Group Participant (SEGP) network and the three main aspects of that process: (1) to connect educational institutions to a broadband educational and research network, (2) to integrate broadband technology into educational activities, and (3) to empower a community of educators, learners, and researchers to create their own collaborations. Other panel members included Wole Akpose, Chief Security Officer at Morgan State University, Robert Mays, Director of Network and Communications at Villanova University, and Dr. Karl Steiner, Senior Associate Provost for Research Development at the University of Delaware. The panel was moderated by Dr. Beverly Hartline, Associate Provost and Dean at University of the District of Columbia.
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2012-05-04 - Study: Extinction Could Rival Climate Change

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 14:28
Over the last two decades, there has been growing concern that very
high rates of modern extinction -- loss of plant and animal species due
to habitat destruction, overharvesting and other human-caused
environmental changes -- could reduce nature's ability to provide goods
and services that people need, "like food, fuel, carbon storage, clean
water, and habitat," says the University of Vermont's Carol Adair.
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Energy-Efficient Aiken Center Offically Opened at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - UVM News

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 14:27

UVM News

Energy-Efficient Aiken Center Offically Opened at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
UVM News
By Jon Reidel Governor Peter Shumlin, Dean Mary Watzin and Lola Aiken (center) cut the ribbon at the official opening of UVM's newly renovated George D. Aiken Center. (Photo: Sally McCay) Lola Aiken officially opened the refurbished George D. Aiken ...

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2012-04-30 - RACC team member Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux: Backward Seasons, Droughts and Other Bioclimatic Indicators of Variability

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 05:34
With the potential for setting a record low minimum temperature in a few hours, I thought you might like to read more about the backward spring that we are coming out of as temperatures climb for the rest of the week.
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2012-04-30 - RACC team member Alan Betts: Insite Interview

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 05:34
RACC team member Dr. Alan Betts is interviewed on Insight a public affairs program for Rutland County hosted by Laura Vien. Alan and Larua are joined by panelists Royal Barnard and Alan Keays for a discussion about weather. The interview aired on 4-18-2012.
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2012-04-25 - Asim Zia- Risk Zones: Comparative Lesson Drawing and Policy Learning from Flood Insurance Programs

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 05:16
Risk insurance mechanisms have been proposed as proactive policy options to enhance the resilience of communities for coping with extreme events. Many risk insurance mechanisms require designation of "risk zones" to legalize governmental interventions. After a three-day workshop and ensuing interviews, "wicked" challenges were identified in the designation of risk zones: risk thresholds; land value; damage-reduction; land-use planning; forecast uncertainty; map accuracy; modifiable-areal-unit problem; winners and losers; single versus multiple hazards; and cross-jurisdictional administrative boundaries. A total of 56 peer-reviewed studies are synthesized that evaluate these "wicked" challenges in flood insurance programs and derive deliberative heuristics for designating risk zones in publicly sponsored insurance mechanisms.
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2012-04-25 - Resilience, A Report on the Health of Vermont's Environment - The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 05:16
The Agency of Natural Resources is pleased to present this
report on the health of Vermont’s environment.

Most of us will never forget the historic floods of 2011 and the
damage they delivered to our homes, farms, businesses, and
public infrastructure such as roads, water systems, and bridges.
The impacts on Vermont’s natural environment were also severe.

As we continue to bounce back, we have a unique opportunity
to reflect and learn. Hardship reminds us that we must continually
strengthen our understanding of the major risks facing our
ecosystems and our communities. It prompts us to ask: What can
we do to minimize these risks? And how can we prepare for
adversity if some risks cannot be fully mitigated?
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2012-04-24 - EPSCoR 2030: A Report to the National Science Foundation

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 05:15
EPSCoR 2030 Workshop - January 19-20, 2012, Washington, DC

A panel of nationally recognized scientists and engineers met at the behest of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to examine the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) in terms of its relevance to the National research agenda. The two-day workshop produced observations about the value of the NSF program and recommended programmatic changes to be made both by NSF and by the EPSCoR states that can enhance EPSCoR’s effectiveness.
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2012-04-23 - NEBHE's "Locally and Regionally Engaged" Summit

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 05:14
We extend our sincere thanks for your participation in the New England Board of Higher Education's Locally and Regionally Engaged: New England Colleges and Universities as Drivers of Innovation, Workforce and Economic Development summit, held on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
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2012-04-20 - Educators gather to contemplate Climate Change

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 05:12
Educators from Vermont and New York gathered at St Michaels College near Burlington, Vermont on Saturday, March 1o. Sponsored by CBEI ( the goal of the event was to share with teachers information and tools to teach about climate change—and an opportunity to think about how that could happen in their own classrooms. It was a great day!
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Irene Devastation Now Visible By Google Maps - Vermont Public Radio

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 05:12

Irene Devastation Now Visible By Google Maps
Vermont Public Radio
VPR's Mitch Wertlieb turned to two professors at St. Michael's College, Geography Professor Richard Kujawa and Environmental Studies Professor Laura Stroup to tell us the value of having these images at our digital fingertips.

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One of the winners of the second annual Green Mountain Environmental ... -

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 09:59

One of the winners of the second annual Green Mountain Environmental ...
Mary Watzin, Dean of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, speaks about the importance of the Citizen Scientist movement during Green Mountain Environmental Leadership Awards at ECHO in Burlington on Tuesday, April 17, 2012.

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2012-04-17 - Alan Betts: Climate change: Taking a Local Perspective to the Global Level

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 16:49
The rapid pace of climate change in northern latitudes presents society with many challenges and a few opportunities. I am writing from the perspective of Vermont in the northeastern United States, where I conduct research on local climate change1,2, give talks3 and write for local newspapers4. In the past few decades in northern New England (45 degrees N), the winter season, when small lakes are frozen, has been lessening by about seven days per decade1. This impacts local ecology, stream flow and human recreational activities like ice fishing. Similarly, ground freeze-up is coming later, and melt is happening earlier in the spring.
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2012-04-17 - IJC to hold public hearings on study of critical sources of phosphorus loadings to Missisquoi Bay

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 16:49
The International Joint Commission (IJC) is inviting the public to comment on the International Missisquoi Bay Study Board’s final report on phosphorus loadings to Missisquoi Bay on Lake Champlain.

In 2008, the Canadian and U.S. federal governments asked the International Joint Commission (IJC) to help them coordinate initiatives in both countries to reduce phosphorus loadings to Missisquoi Bay. The IJC appointed the International Missisquoi Bay Study Board to help it carry out this request. The study identified specific areas in the Vermont portion of the basin where efforts to control phosphorus runoff would be most cost effective.
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2012-04-16 - State Climatologist Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux Makes Weather Clearer

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 16:49
Why did Lake Champlain flood so badly last spring? How unusual was that summer drought? Why was the rainfall during Irene so intense? How are we to make sense of all this?

The weather certainly has been strange lately. As we emerge from the "year of no winter," following the year of record-breaking spring floods, a summer drought, the devastation of Tropical Storm Irene, and that early heavy snow storm last October, most of us are wondering: What is going on?
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2012-04-08 - A Glimpse into the Future of our Vermont Climate By Alan Betts

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 16:44
What a remarkably mild winter it was! West of the Green Mountains we had no permanent snow cover this winter to reflect sunlight and keep temperatures cold...
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2012-04-04 - CWDD Streams HS Student Elise Huntley wins Gold Medal at VSSMF: Nominated to compete at National Level at the Genius Olympiad

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 16:32
The 52nd annual VT State Science & Math Fair was held at Norwich University in Northfield last Saturday. 170 students in grades 5-12 were awarded prizes and college scholarships that add up to almost $1 million. Eva spoke to the young leaders of tomorrow about their research projects and results.
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Science Minded: Teacher spurs curiosity - U-T San Diego

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 09:15

Science Minded: Teacher spurs curiosity
U-T San Diego
Vermont EPSCoR By Aaron Hartmann My dad is a teacher, so naturally the idea for this week's post came from him: Write about the teacher that inspired you to get into science. The concept of having one inspiration may sound cliché, but I have such a ...

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