News in May 2014May, 2014. New Report: Response to Extreme Weather Impacts on Transportation Systems
A May 2014 report from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program examines eight recent cases of extreme weather in the United States from the perspectives of transportation operations, maintenance, design, construction, planning, communications, interagency coordination, and data and knowledge management.
The National Climate Assessment Released May 6, 2014
The third National Climate Assessment was released May 6, 2014. RCI Affiliate, Professor David Robinson served as a review editor of the assessment which addresses the impacts of climate change in various regions of the United States. It addresses the impacts of climate change in various regions of the United States. Alaska’s glaciers will continue to melt due to rising temperatures, while a small portion of southern Alabama will experience cooler temperatures. Large, powerful storms like Sandy will increase flood risk in the Northeast, while the Southwest will face continued water shortages. You can also read more about it in this NY Times article.
Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change
May 2014. Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change, is a joint venture between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Global Crop Diversity Trust to preserve seeds from wild undomesticated relatives of food crops such as wheat , barley and maize to provide genetic diversity necessary for important food crops to adapt to climate change . As the global food supply becomes more homogenous and faces threats from climate change, as well as diseases, pests, and population growth, researchers around the world continue to carefully collect and store seeds from underutilized fruits and vegetables. Scientists are also germinating the collected seeds to better understand the conditions under which they are viable. Click on the link for the full article.
Antarctic Ice Sheet Thinning and Sea Level Rise May Be Inevitable
Antarctic Ice Sheet Thinning Revealed in Two Recent Studies Recent research by two groups of scientists concluded separately that portions of the Western Antarctica ice sheet have retreated irreversibly and that they that could signal early stage collapse. Although the timing of the collapse is uncertain, the scientists suggest it could be centuries rather than millennia, and that this instability will significantly contribute to sea level rise. University of Washington researchers published their findings in Science. The team from University of California, Irvine and California Institute of Technology published their research in Geophysical Research Letters. For a quick overview of the findings, read the New York Times' article.