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Tennessee flash floods are an example of climate change impacts to come

Aug. 25, 2021—The historic rain and flash flooding that swept central Tennessee on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, devastated the small city of Waverly, about 60 miles west of Nashville. A flash flood watch issued Friday quickly became a “flash flood emergency” Saturday. On Wednesday, Sept. 25, Humphreys County officials said 20 people died and all those missing had been accounted...

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Research Snapshot: How will the global community react if vulnerable nations pioneer solar radiation geoengineering

Aug. 24, 2021—By Marissa Shapiro THE IDEA Jonathan Gilligan (John Russell) Jonathan Gilligan, associate professor of Earth and environmental sciences and civil and environmental engineering, and a group of international researchers have illustrated potential international conflicts over climate change. One of a larger group of studies, this work engaged in a role-playing scenario set in 2040 in...

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Royal Society award gives international exposure to work in polar sciences, computational mechanics

Aug. 20, 2021—The School of Engineering’s work in polar and climate science, plus computational mechanics, will get international exposure with a two-year travel grant from the Royal Society, the independent academic society of the U.K., for a collaboration between a Vanderbilt professor and a professor in England. The project will establish new approaches for simulating fracture propagation...

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CEE professors named to Transportation Research Board committees

Nov. 10, 2020—Two civil engineering faculty members have been named to key positions on committees of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Mark Abkowitz, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies, has been appointed chair of the committee on Extreme Weather and Climate Change...

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Climate adaptation is a necessity and no longer an option

Oct. 19, 2020—This opinion piece by Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Mark Abkowitz originally appeared in The Hill, an American news website based in Washington, D.C. focused on politics, policy, business and international relations. Professor Abkowitz chairs a National Academy of Sciences Committee on Extreme Weather and Climate Change Adaptation. Wildfires, inland and coastal flooding, heat waves,...

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Duddu awarded NSF CAREER grant to better understand Antarctic ice sheet fracture

Apr. 1, 2019—Improved models of iceberg calving will reduce uncertainty in sea level rise projections An assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering has been awarded a $555,000 NSF CAREER grant to analyze Antarctic ice sheet fracture, improve models for ice mass loss and reduce uncertainty in long-term projections of average sea level rise. “There is concern...

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Eminent American climate scientist to deliver Hall Lecture March 27

Feb. 20, 2014—American climate scientist and National Medal of Science recipient Warren M. Washington is a guest speaker in the 2013-2014 John R. and Donna S. Hall Engineering Lecture Series at Vanderbilt University. The lecture – The Development of Computer Earth System Models: Climate Change in the 20th and 21st Century – is Thursday, March 27, at...

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