Former ESS Ph.D student, Elizaveta Litvak, in UNews and Science 360 News

University of Utah study compares lawn watering recommendations to actual turfgrass water use in Los Angeles

How much water does your lawn really need?  A University of Utah study re-evaluated lawn watering recommendations by measuring water use by lawns in Los Angeles. The standard model of turfgrass water needs, they found, lacked precision in some common urban southern California conditions, like the Santa Ana winds, or in the shade.

Professor Michael Prather on NBC Los Angeles News

NASA to Deploy Flying Laboratory in Around-the-World Greenhouse Gas Study

A DC-8 loaded with technology will take off on its 26-day research journey this summer

When it comes to research, NASA's DC-8 jetliner is the only way to fly.

The plane resembles a typical commercial airliner from the outside, except for the giant NASA logo on its tail. But inside, it's loaded with cutting-edge tools that will be used to study greenhouse gases during a 26-day journey this summer that will take its crew around the world.

Professor Jim Randerson in Nature News

Dry Amazon could see record fire season

Forecasters warn that high ocean temperatures presage intense blazes in rainforest.

The Amazon is ready to burn. After an unusually dry rainy season, the southern section of the rainforest is heading into winter with the largest moisture deficit since 1998. This has set the stage for an unusually intense fire season, according to a forecast issued on 29 June that is based on sea-surface temperature trends in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

ESS Professor Emeritus Ralph Cicerone in Earth & Space Science News

Ralph Cicerone, an atmospheric scientist and president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS), retires today from the position he has held for two terms since 2005 as arguably the world’s most influential scientific opinion leader. Marine geophysicist Marcia McNutt, former editor in chief of the Science family of journals and former director of the U.S. Geological Survey, takes the reins on Friday, 1 July.

"Arctic sea ice set a record low every single day in May" article featuring ESS grad student Zack Labe

Zack Labe, a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Irvine who is conducting sea ice research, told Mashable via Twitter that record warmth in the Arctic this winter "has really preconditioned the ice for the peak summer melt season." "We are entering the melt season with the worst sea ice conditions in our satellite era during the residuals of the likely warmest year on record. It just can't mean good things are to come unfortunately for the sea ice."

ESS Professor Eric Rignot featured in Washington Post Article

Take, for instance, Jakobshavn glacier of Greenland, which may be the fastest retreating major glacier in the world, and one that holds the potential for 0.6 meters (nearly 2 feet) of sea level rise, according to the University of California, Irvine glaciologist Eric Rignot. Jakobshavn’s flow speed increased greatly after the loss of its floating ice shelf, an extension of the glacier out over open water in the fjord where it lies, in the early 2000s.