Blog

Our blog features brief essays, op-eds, and Q&As that cover a wide variety of energy and environmental topics. Each entry is written by researchers from around Penn State, including faculty members and graduate students. 

What is reverse storm surge and is it related to climate change?

Many of us watched closely as Hurricane Ian impacted Florida and the people living there. This close attention to the storm has caused many people to ask questions about some of the images they have seen of reverse storm surge.

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Visualizing climate change through a documentary of the Inuit

As an anthropological filmmaker, Kirk French has been working with the Inuit to revisit the iconic film "Nanook of the North" and to document the environmental and cultural changes that have taken place there over the last century.

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Representing Indigenous people in justice-based frameworks for climate change adaptations

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) lists Good Health and Well-being (#3) and Reduced Inequalities (#10) among its top goals to combat social inequalities exacerbated by climate change. Indigenous people are the highest at-risk group for climate change impacts, like big storms and rising waters.

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Streamflow prediction in large ungauged regions with deep learning models

Large areas of the global lands do not have access to daily streamflow rate measurements. However, predictions in these regions are still essential to understanding the global water cycle and mitigating the impacts of climate change.

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Manure can be a resource when applied in the right places

Many agricultural watersheds in the U.S. are experiencing water quality challenges due to intensive livestock agriculture. In addition, improper manure management (manure over-application or application in areas that are highly susceptible to surface runoff or leaching) can lead to water quality and human health issues.

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Women empowering women in STEM

The path to a successful career in science can be challenging. Finding one's passion can also be difficult. Fortunately, there are people who can offer their guidance and help along the way to both a successful career and fulfilling one. Li Li reflects on her journey and the many women who walked it with her.

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Have people perceived ecosystem benefits provided by green stormwater infrastructure?

There is a relatively new way to achieve long-term stormwater control by combining green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) with gray infrastructure to manage stormwater.

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When deep learning meets multi-scale data

Deep learning has set a new standard in model performance metrics in soil moisture, streamflow, groundwater, and model uncertainty estimates.

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The Treasure Beneath the Surface: The role of groundwater in the development of the Kachchh region of India

Kachchh is a manifestation of a post-disaster high agrarian and economic growth fueled by the invisible water resource, groundwater. Simultaneously, it shows how the negligence of sustainable groundwater management poses a threat to the socio-economic stability of a booming economy.

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Will buying a new electric Ford F-150 Lightning help save the world from climate change?

The Ford F-150 is the most popular vehicle in the U.S., so interest is high on the electric vehicle "Lightning" model. But are EVs really better for the environment than internal combustion engine vehicles?

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