climate change

Faculty in the Media

Posted 4 years 8 months ago



That's the NOVA special from Wednesday, October 9, on the Aftermath of Megastorms, featuring our own J. Marshall Shepherd among its panel of experts. President of the American Meteorological Society and director of the UGA atmospheric sciences program, Marshall is a regular source for the news media on everything from climate change to aging weather satellites.

Earlier in the same week, Marshall was on Atlanta's WSB discussing how critical weather information may be compromised during the government shutdown.

Shepherd was also quoted in an NPR story on the...

Shepherd: shell game with climate science

Posted 4 years 8 months ago

As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Science rolls out its fifth assessment report this week, Athletic Association Professor and president of the American Meteorological Society J. Marshall Shepherd weighs in on the need for common sense on climate change:

For me, the hat with the ball from the IPCC report is that it continues to affirm that our planet is warming, and humans are a significant contributor to the warming.

Andrew Dessler, professor and author of "Introduction to Modern Climate Change," noted in a recent phone conversation the remarkable consistency in the...

Shepherd at TedX Atlanta

Posted 5 years 1 month ago

Geography professor and director of the UGA Atmospheric Sciences Program Marshall Shepherd is among the speakers in today's Tedx Atlanta Line up:

Even as we face seemingly insurmountable obstacles, humanity finds reasons to believe in a better world. On May 7th, from noon to six, TEDxAtlanta will celebrate a dozen ideas and innovations that provide reasons to be optimistic about the future. Together we'll explore big ideas surrounding the future of journalism, education, neuroscience, solar energy, disease control, climate change, water management, as well as creativity,...

NSF renews coastal research grant

Posted 5 years 6 months ago
Sapelo-island estuary daylight.

The UGA Marine Institute on Sapelo Island was founded in 1953 and has been at the center of ecological research on salt-marsh coastal ecoystems ever since. That work, lead by our department of marine sciences, continues apace with the renewal of an important NSF grant:

A consortium of universities headed by the University of Georgia will continue ecological field research on the marshes and estuaries of the Georgia coast following the renewal of a six-year, $5.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The award will help scientists understand how these ecosystems...

Climatologists note dramatic surface ice melt in Greenland

Posted 5 years 11 months ago

In widely reported findings, UGA climatologists and NASA independently confirm that during several days this month, nearly the entire ice sheet of Greenland experienced some degree of melting on its surface.

On average, about half of the surface of Greenland's ice sheet naturally melts in the summer. The new data—from three different satellites—show that an estimated 97 percent of the ice sheet surface thawed at some point in mid-July.

"This is the first time we have witnessed almost all of the ice sheet melt in the three decades of satellite data," said Thomas Mote,...