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Sep 8 2015 - 1:03pm
New Hampshire’s beautiful and highly rated 13 mile slice of the Atlantic coast is a popular vacation destination in New England. So how clean are its coastal beaches? This July, citizen scientist volunteers dodged sunbathers and boogie boarders as they blitzed the beaches looking for clues, collecting samples, and taking a water quality snapshot for researchers and beach managers at North Hampton State Beach (NHSB), Jenness, and Sawyer beaches.
Aug 27 2015 - 1:39pm
Scientists have known for years that forests absorb and sequester carbon from the atmosphere, making these ecosystems potentially valuable tools for mitigating the impacts of climate change. But forests also interact with the climate in other, more complicated ways.
Aug 27 2015 - 1:30pm
Even if you are nowhere near ice-cold Hubbard Brook in the rugged White Mountains of New Hampshire, you can tune into the water cycle with Waterviz, an online tool that creates digital art and plays a live forest symphony generated from environmental sensors placed in a mountain valley.
Aug 27 2015 - 1:05pm
For the past eight weeks Great Bay Community College students have been collecting water samples, generating and analyzing data as part of undergraduate research work in coastal observation, bioinformatics and biomedical research.
Aug 27 2015 - 12:55pm
Many refugee families in the city depend on the produce of the community garden to provide hundreds of pounds of fresh vegetables and save money on groceries during the summer. But local researchers are finding the garden’s soil may not be healthy enough to keep producing high yields.
Aug 27 2015 - 12:45pm
NH communities debate aging infrastructure
Aging dams are forcing communities to make choices on whether to remove or replace them before they might fail and flood surrounding areas. A new $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s EPSCoR program will fund a four-year study examining the future of dams in New England. This project marks an expansion in partners and scope for the New England Sustainability Consortium (NEST), adding Rhode Island to the existing partnership between Maine and New Hampshire.
Jul 8 2015 - 12:50pm
National Science Foundation Offers Grants to Help STEM Teachers
The National Science Foundation is offering grants of up to $300,000 each for projects that would help teacher-leaders get more exposure and improve STEM education systemwide. It's seeking ideas now. The submission process ends July 22. Details are laid out here.
Jun 23 2015 - 12:28pm
A new joint research project from the U.S. Forest Service builds on NH EPSCoR's Ecosystem's & Society project. Researchers suspect rural demographic change, including in high-amenity areas with extensive second-home development, have impacted forest cover and carbon sequestration in different ways.
Jun 3 2015 - 1:41pm
May 21 2015 - 11:51amClimate modeler Muge Komurcu probes the missing link in global climate models
When Muge Komurcu looks skyward at passing clouds, she admires their beauty and mercurial nature like any good cloud watcher. But she notes, "When I see a cloud, I think about the small ice particles and cloud droplets inside." The focus of Komurcu's scientific research is understanding how clouds work or, more specifically, modeling how they influence climate by either absorbing or reflecting sunlight—in large part a function of whether they are made up mostly of water or ice.