The latest Impact Factor rankings are in! For the first time, the AMS journal "Weather, Climate and Society" has made the Top 40 most-cited Meteorology and Atmospheric Science publications. Institute Director Amanda Lynch became Chief Editor of the journal in 2013, at which time WCAS ranked #63 out of 76 publications.
Three cheers for Amanda and the rest of the WCAS editorial staff and contributors! The most recent issue of the journal can be found here.
A true color composite image of Chesapeake Bay, created from Provisional Surface Reflectance data collected by the USGS satellite Landsat 8 in the fall of 2014. Credit, US Geological Survey.
This August, the Ecological Society of America (ESA) will host its 100th Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. The meeting will focus primarily on the ecology of the nearby Chesapeake Bay watershed. IBES postdoctoral fellow Becca Ryals and graduate students Amy Teller and Maya Almaraz will present their research on the effects of nitrogen-rich biochar and fertilizers on local ecosystems. Ryals, Teller, and Almaraz are featured in the ESA press release about the conference, which is excerpted below.
Brown undergraduate Ethan Ebinger, EARTHLab Manager Lynn Carlson, and IBES collaborator Heinke Jäger view high-resolution satellite imagery of Galapagos that was donated by the DigitalGlobe Foundation.
Ever since Charles Darwin’s voyage to the archipelago in 1835, the Galapagos Islands have been famed for their unique palette of biodiversity. In recent decades, however, invasive species have begun crowding out some of the island chain’s most treasured native plants and animals. With thousands of square kilometers of relatively inaccessible wilderness at stake, scientists seeking to restore balance to these fragile ecosystems must find a way to map the extent of invasion. Now, researchers and collaborators with the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society hope to offer their assistance, thanks to a generous donation of high-resolution satellite imagery from the DigitalGlobe Foundation.
Thanks to its signature coastline of beaches and jagged inlets, the state of Rhode Island is especially vulnerable to environmental disturbances - a sensitivity that will likely become magnified in the coming decades as our global climate continues to change.
In an effort to help coastal municipalities cope with the impacts of both natural hazards and sea level rise, the Rhode Island Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (Beach SAMP) Team has released a suite of tools for emergency preparedness and municipal planning purposes. The memo includes resources for forecasting storm surges and flooding, preserving fragile salt marsh ecosystems, and planning for shoreline change.
You can view the list of available tools and resources here.
Postdoctoral associates are essential to the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society’s commitment to research and education; Drs. Emerson Baptista, Justin Becknell, Sylvia Dee, Dana Graef, Germán Vergara, and Kate Weinberger are no exception. This summer, the Institute will proudly welcome these six accomplished and innovative individuals as its newest scholars and teachers. The diverse group - which includes a demographer, an ecologist, a climate dynamicist, a sociocultural anthropologist, an environmental historian, and an environmental health scientist - will support and extend the IBES tradition of employing multidisciplinary discourse to answer pressing questions that lie at the intersection of environment and society.