EESI, CLIMA and MARISA welcome Benjamin Watson as the new Coastal Climate Extension Specialist for the Chesapeake Bay Region, stationed at the Virginia Institute for Marine Sciences (VIMS). Ben brings a background in science outreach and engagement in local communities. ‘I look forward to continuing to work with stakeholders across the watershed to promote informed environmental decision-making,’ he said, ‘and to making sure Chesapeake communities are prepared for the challenges of climate change.’
Equilibrium climate sensitivity — how sensitive the Earth’s climate is to changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide — may be underestimated in individual climate models, according to a team of climate scientists. “Probabilistic estimates of climate system properties often rely on the comparison of model simulation to observed temperature records and an estimate of the internal climate variability,” the researchers report in Geophysical Research Letters. If the internal climate variability is wrong, then the probabilistic estimates will be wrong and climate predictions could miss the mark.
Lara Fowler is currently a visiting scholar at Uppsala University in Sweden where she is researching why and how people cooperate to manage critical water challenges and find solutions. “I wanted to find places in the world where people are coming together to find solutions,” she said. “And there is a tremendous amount of international water work based out of Sweden.”
The Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) is currently accepting applications for two new postdoctoral scholar positions, a scientific programmer, and research data management specialist.