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  • The College of the Environment has created a CoEnv COVID-19 Resources page.
    Thursday, June 10, 2021
    The College of the Environment has created a CoEnv COVID-19 Resources page for faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students. Read More
  • Relentless rain triggers landslides; more rain and risk on the way | KIRO 7
    Monday, January 4, 2021
    Days of heavy rain in Western Washington has communities on high alert. Storms have already triggered small landslides, and geologists say conditions are ripe for the next storm coming Tuesday to spur additional slides. David Montgomery, professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, is interviewed. Read More
  • Salty seas make lightning brighter | Hakai Magazine
    Monday, January 4, 2021
    Salt seems to be the reason why bolts are brighter over the ocean than over land. Robert Holzworth, professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted. Read More
  • 3rd small earthquake hits Puget Sound area | The Seattle Times
    Sunday, January 3, 2021
    A small earthquake with a magnitude of 3.0 was reported near Carnation on Tuesday morning, one day after a smaller magnitude 2.2 quake was reported in the same location on Monday, according to the UW-based Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. Harold Tobin, director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network and professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted. Read More
  • Small earthquake near Monroe follows other recent minor quakes in the Puget Sound area | The Seattle Times
    Monday, December 28, 2020
    A magnitude 2.9 earthquake was recorded about four miles from Monroe at 2:41 a.m. Monday, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. Ken Creager, professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted. Read More
  • WWLLN detects increasing lightning in the Arctic as Earth warms
    Thursday, December 17, 2020
    Nature magazine reports on the AGU ( American Geophysical Union) paper presented this year by ESS Professors Holzworth,and McCarthy, senior scientist Jacobson, Grad student Todd Anderson, and collaborators Dr. James Brundell and Dr. Craig Rodger of the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. The authors found that the fraction of global lightning occurring north of 65 degrees has greatly increased in the last decade, and varies with the global temperature anomaly. They predict a 100% increase in Arctic lightning by the time the Earth warms another 0.5 degrees Centigrade. Read More
  • An ice core from the roof of the world | Eos
    Monday, December 14, 2020
    An innovative National Geographic expedition collected the world's highest ice core from Mount Everest. Eric Steig, professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted. Read More
  • How the first life on Earth survived its biggest threat -- water | Nature
    Wednesday, December 9, 2020
    Living things depend on water, but it breaks down DNA and other key molecules. So how did the earliest cells deal with the water paradox? David Catling, professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, is quoted. Read More
  • NSF-funded deep ice core to be drilled at Hercules Dome, Antarctica
    Tuesday, December 8, 2020
    Researchers in Earth and Space Science are leading a new ice core project in Antarctica. Grad student Gemma O'Connor and ESS Chair Eric Steig are featured in UW news. Read More
  • Optical lightning superbolts: Holzworth comments on recent optical work
    Monday, December 7, 2020
    Prof. Holzworth reviews and comments on recent optical lightning papers about superbolts, pointing out that recent optical work suggesting that superbolts are all from positive cloud to ground strokes, is misleading and possibly wrong. It certainly disagrees with the RF superbolt work based on the UW managed WWLLN network. Read More