Posted 1 year 6 months ago

Faculty members Marshall Shepherd, Danny Krashen and Kevin Moore, along with a few UGA students, explain why today is Leap Day:


New method for calculating Urban Heat Island intensity

Posted 2 years 3 days ago

The urban heat island effect describes how the spatial configuration of cities, the materials in them (such as asphalt), lack of vegetation and waste heat can modify temperature. A new study from reseachers in the department of geography using a new method for calculating urban heat island intensities clarifies the conflict on whether urban density or sprawl amplify these effects more:

It also provides a ranking of the top urban heat island cities among the 50 largest metropolitan statistical areas.


The study, published in the journal Computers, Environment...

NASA Research on Sea Level Rise in Greenland

Posted 2 years 2 weeks ago

A NASA Interdisciplinary sciences project by UGA faculty lead by Thomas Mote and including Patricia Yager and Renato Castelao collected data this summer at the top of the world:

On Greenland’s ice sheet, a vast icy landscape crisscrossed by turquoise rivers and dotted with melt water lakes, a small cluster of orange camping tents popped up in late July. The camp, home for a week to a team of researchers, sat by a large, fast-flowing river. Just a kilometer downstream, the river dropped into a seemingly bottomless moulin, or sinkhole in the ice. The low rumble of the waters,...

Shepherd and Knox on the Weather Channel

Posted 2 years 3 weeks ago

On his Sunday show on The Weather Channel, Marshall Shepherd invited his department of geography colleague, John Knox, to talk turbulence and other weather hazards of aviation:

We've invited one of the top 300 Professors in the United States to join me, Dr. John Knox of the University of Georgia Atmospheric Sciences Program and Department of Geography. Dr. Knox is also the recipient of the National Weather Association's top scientific research award, The Fujita Award.

John is a great colleague, but I am not being a biased host by inviting a UGA colleague. Dr. Knox is...

Voarintsoa awarded Faculty for the Future Fellowship

Posted 2 years 1 month ago

Geology doctoral student Ny Riavo Voarintsoa has been selected for the Faculty for the Future Fellowship Award, sponsored by the Schlumberger Foundation to support talented women from developing and emerging countries who are pursuing advanced degrees in science and engineering at leading universities:

Recipients are chosen based on their leadership qualities, academic ability and engagement toward science and education as a development tool in their home country.

Voarintsoa, a native of Madagascar, studies paleoclimate, the changes in climate throughout history. Her current...