Carbon dioxide is key to life on Earth, but too much of the good thing can overheat the Earth’s surface and hurt the very things it supports. Thus, understanding how carbon cycles through the atmosphere is crucial to predicting its effects. UT professor Aimee Classen has received more than $880,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to investigate often-overlooked carbon cycle players.
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From extreme drought to super storms, many wonder what the future holds for the climate of the eastern United States. A study conducted by researchers at UT does away with the guessing. Results show the region will be hotter and wetter. Joshua Fu, a civil and environmental engineering professor, and Yang Gao, a graduate research assistant, developed precise scales of cities which act as a climate crystal ball seeing high resolution climate changes almost fifty years into the future.
The ethics of climate change will be the theme of several events that kick off later this month. The events, which include two book discussion sessions and a public lecture by the author, are being sponsored by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and the Department of Philosophy at UT Knoxville.
The University of Tennessee Space Institute Aviation Systems program flew its first science mission to collect critical data for national institutions. In April, a UTSI crew flew over eastern Tennessee for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division, located in Oak Ridge.