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23 November 2017

Landslides from the Iran-Iraq earthquake

Information is slowly appearing about landslides triggered by the M=7.3 12th November Iran-Iraq earthquake. The biggest slides appear to be lateral spreads

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21 November 2017

Senate Interior & Environment Spending Bill Improves Upon Presidential Budget Request, but Falls Short for EPA

On Monday, 20 November, the Senate Appropriations Committee released its draft of the FY 2018 Interior and Environment spending bill.  Here’s a recap of the Interior and Environment spending bill, which includes funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS), for fiscal year 2018 (FY2018).    UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY  FY2016  FY2017  President’s Budget Request for FY2018  AGU Request for FY2018   House Proposal for FY2018  Senate Proposal for FY2018  $1,062.00  $1,085.12  $922.17  $1,200  $1,038.92  …

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20 November 2017

Tax Reform Bill will be Disastrous for Graduate Students

On 16 November, the House passed a tax reform bill, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”. The bill contains several provisions that would strip critical tax benefits that support graduate students. Specifically, the bill would:   increase taxes for graduate students and others by making tuition waivers (tuition fees waived by schools) count towards taxable income. ​ Changing this law​ ​has​ ​the​ ​potential​ ​to​ ​push​ ​graduate​ ​students​ ​into​ ​higher​ ​tax brackets. ​ ​Taxing​ ​these​ ​waivers​ ​puts​ ​an​ ​undue​ ​burden​ ​on​ ​graduate​ ​students, ​ …

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Everyone Fights Confirmation Bias, but Science Teaches You How To Win the Battle.

Read the comments on any news story, and you get a free lesson on confirmation bias. This error in thinking strangles our ability to analyse information and make rational decisions. Doctors see it in patients that refuse vaccines for their children and waste money on homoeopathic sugar water in fancy bottles. Vitamin salesman, astrologers, and naturopaths rely on it for a living. It’s also responsible for the anger (rather than the thanks) …

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19 November 2017

The UN Sustainable Development Goals – what they are, why they exist

There is a need to communicate the SDGs, ensuring that more people realize they exist, that the goals are an agenda for developed and developing countries that are universal, integrated, interconnected, inclusive, and science-based. For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society – and even faculty and students.

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14 November 2017

Attribution Study Shows Hurricane Harvey Floods Becoming Much More Likely

Check out this paper in PNAS today. When the subject of hurricane experts comes up, there are two names that come into the mind of nearly every meteorologist: Kerry Emanuel and Chris Landsea. There are a lot of others, but these two have published a lot of research that gets sourced frequently. Today Kerry Emanuel has what can be called an attribution study on Hurricane Harvey. These studies look at how …

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13 November 2017

Don’t Fall Behind! Plan Ahead for Science Policy at Fall Meeting!

A little over a month from now, scientists from around the world will gather in New Orleans for AGU’s Fall Meeting from 11 December – 15 December. Scheduling can get pretty hectic during the week of the meeting, so the Public Affairs team is providing a preview of some of the science policy events to help you plan ahead.  *note: all times are in local time for New Orleans*    …

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10 November 2017

The Mocoa debris flow disaster: satellite imagery reveals the cause

An archive of before and after RapidEye satellite images is now available, which clearly show the cause of the Mocao debris flow disaster in April 2017

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9 November 2017

Community advice to young hydrologists, Part 1

What book or paper has been most influential to your career and why?

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8 November 2017

Millions Along the Eastern Seaboard Will See Antares Launch Saturday

The Antares rocket will launch from NASA Wallops Island at 7:37 AM Saturday to bring supplies to the International Space Station. The weather will be clear and cold across the entire NE U.S. and the launch should be visible all the way into New England and as far south as South Carolina’s beaches. The low sun angle should light up the vapor trail of the rocket as it climbs into …

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7 November 2017

Fall Meeting workshop on successful partnerships between academia, industry and government

Calling all scientists interested in building successful interdisciplinary partnerships and students curious about non-academic career paths! The American Geophysical Union (AGU) Hydrology Section Student Subcommittee is hosting a workshop entitled, “Forging successful partnerships between academia, industry, and government: the student’s guide to gaining experience in the non-academic realm.” This workshop will be held at the AGU 2017 Fall Meeting on Tuesday, December 12th in the AGU Career Workshop Room, room …

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Digital literacy training to make students producers, not just consumers

“…while many college students receive some digital literacy training, most received minimal or no training in the production of basic digital content while in school, which could hamper their success in the workforce.”

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6 November 2017

Strategic ed tech planning with the 2017 NMC Horizon Report

The NMC Horizon Project is an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology are placed directly in the context of their likely impact on the core missions of universities and colleges.

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4 November 2017

Of Karst! – short episodes about karst

This episode focuses more on the appearance of karst features in famous movies and TV programs that may be familiar to some of us, although we may not have watched them through the eyes of a karst fanatic at the time.

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3 November 2017

New Climate Report- Humans Are Warming The Planet; There’s No Convincing Evidence for ANY Other Cause

  The 4th U.S. Climate Assessment is HERE. A summary is here. Here are some key findings. I want to highlight what I think is the key finding: This assessment concludes, based on extensive evidence, that it is extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century. For the warming over the last century, there is no …

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Twitter is Chem-trail Central

We’ve reached a sad state when this explanation needs to be written at the beginning of a scientific paper: Introduction The story goes like this: tens of thousands of commercial airliners a day are deliberately spraying some kind of mixture of toxic chemicals—either across the United States or possibly globally—in what would amount to one of the largest covert operations ever. The scheme has been going on for years, perhaps …

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2 November 2017

Here’s What I Think Is Cool

I came into work and got a real surprise today. Then the news anchors surprised me again (See video below). Big thanks to Matthew Cappucci for writing such a great story and I’m honored to be included in his seven coolest broadcast meteorologists. Perhaps even more so since I have gray hair! Matthew will soon be Harvard’s FIRST meteorology grad by the way, and that’s what I’d call really cool!  I actually had …

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31 October 2017

Who’s afraid of the big bad…pegmatite?

Happy Halloween!

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EPA’s Advisory Panel Announcement Robs Americans of a Critical Resource

In a disappointing move this afternoon, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt confirmed his plan to disallow EPA grantees from serving on scientific advisory panels. This blocks highly qualified scientists – now and in the future – from serving on boards and committees, undermining the ability of the EPA to fulfill its purpose to ensure “that all Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, …

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30 October 2017

Where does the water in streams come from when it rains?

If you don’t see the connection between streamflow and underground water, you need to keep reading.

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