# Cambridge Coastal Research: live press conference
24th April, 2017
On Tuesday 25 April, 8am-9am, the research of a team including Professor of Coastal Dynamics Tom Spencer will feature in a live press conference from the European GeoSciences Union General Assembly. The press conference will present findings from the team's Paper 'Impact of storms on coastlines: preparing for the future without forgetting the past? Examples from European coastlines using a Storm Impact Database' appearing in the 'Natural hazard event analyses for risk reduction and adaptation' session of the conference. The press conference will be live streamed. Prof Spencer is one of a large group of researchers from both the Cambridge Coastal Research Unit and Climate and Environment Dynamics team presenting at the assembly.
# Charlotte Lemanski wins Geographical Association Award
24th April, 2017
Department Lecturer Dr Charlotte Lemanski has won a Geographical Association Journal Article award for her article 'Poverty: multiple perspectives and strategies' published in Geography, Spring 2016. Geography is a journal published by the Geographical Association for the use of teachers and A Level Students in particular. The awards recognise articles in each of the Association's three journals (Geography, Teaching Geography and Primary Geography) which have made the greatest contribution to the development of good practice and is voted for by Association members on their website.
# SPRI Review 2016
21st April, 2017
SPRI Review 2016, is now available online. SPRI Review is the Annual Report issued by the Scott Polar Research Institute, giving information on the Institute's activities over the past year.
# Climate and Environment Dynamics researchers at EGU 2017
21st April, 2017
Five researchers from the Climate and Environmental Dynamics group will be presenting their research at the 2017 General Assembly of the European Geophysical Union at the end of April. The annual congress brings together geoscientists from all over the world and covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The team will be joining a group from Cambridge Coastal Research Unit. Read on to see what we are all presenting:
Ulf Büntgen is giving a solicited talk on: "Dendroecological opportunities to shift and cross disciplinary boundaries", and is co-author on three other presentations:
- Hogg et al. Decadally resolved Lateglacial radiocarbon evidence from New Zealand kauri;
- Wacker et al. Annually resolved atmospheric radiocarbon records reconstructed from tree-rings;
- Sookdeo et al. Wiggles and the void: highly resolved temporal 14C dates during the Younger Dyras
Andrew Friend is co-author on two presentations:
- Thurner et al. Climate-related large-scale variation in forest carbon turnover rate - Evaluating global vegetation models using remote sensing products of biomass and NPP;
- Babst et al. When tree rings go global: challenges and opportunities for retro- and prospective insights.
Michael Herzog is co-convening the session "Natural Hazards and climate change impacts in coastal areas" and will be presenting a poster entitled "On the evolution of El Niño events in observations and CMIP5 climate models" as well as co-authoring two other presentations:
- Denby and Herzog, Properties of shallow convection from Large-Eddie simulations
- O-Niell et al. Studying extreme coastal precipitation events with the new LES model ATHAM-Fluidity
Christine Lane is convening the session "Advances in integrating ice core, marine and terrestrial records and their timescales (a joint INTIMATE and IntCal session)" and will be giving an oral presentation on "Explosive eruption records from Eastern Africa: filling in the gaps with tephra records from stratified lake sequences".
Christine also contributes as co-author on the following presentations:
- Martin-Jones et al. Lake sediments provide the first eruptive history for Corbetti, a high-risk Main Ethiopian Rift volcano;
- Willem van der Bilt et al. Kamchatkan ash found on Svalbard: towards pan-arctic tephra synchronization;
- Słowiński et al. Tornado project – The impact of catastrophic deforestation on the lake and peatland ecosystems of the Tuchola Pinewoods, Northern Poland.
James O'Neill will be presenting an oral presentation, with Michael Herzog as co-author, on "Studying extreme coastal precipitation events with the new LES model ATHAM-Fluidity" in the session "Natural Hazards and climate change impacts in coastal areas".
# Water on Antarctic Ice Shelves
20th April, 2017
Alison Banwell and Ian Willis, who have recently returned from Antarctica studying the effects of meltwater on the flexure and stability of ice shelves, have been commenting about two adjacent studies that have just been published in Nature. They've been commenting in Nature, The Independent, The Atlantic, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and Climate Central.
# What is the future of nature conservation?
20th April, 2017
The conservation movement is experiencing heated internal debates about what, why and how to conserve. Particular divisions exist over the role of corporations and capitalism, and over whether conservation should be motivated by biocentric or anthropocentric goals. Unfortunately, these debates have been dominated by powerful individuals, most of whom are men from the world's richest countries. Recent research by affiliated lecturer Chris Sandbrook and colleagues based on a small sample of conservationists has revealed a wider range of perspectives than those articulated by the dominant individuals. Now, they are taking their study to the next level through the Future of Conservation Survey that will gather data from a large sample of conservationists to reveal new insights into how they perceive the issues raised in the recent debates, and also which form of conservation each respondent most closely aligns to. Anyone who considers themselves a conservationist is welcome to take part!
# Using big data to observe fungal species on a massive scale
19th April, 2017
A new paper by a team involving Professor of Environmental Systems Analysis Ulf Buentgen has assembled a cross-European meta-database of fungal species. This database, which processed 7.3 million unique fungal species fruit body records, spanning nine countries, into 6 million records of more than 10,000 species, drew from a wide range of sources: from citizen science projects to digitized museum records. Such meta-databases can offer unique insights into climate change effects on fungal phenology and fruiting patterns in recent decades.
Carrie Andrew, Einar Heegaard, Paul M. Kirk, Claus Bässler, Jacob Heilmann-Clausen, Irmgard Krisai-Greilhuber, Thomas W. Kuyper, Beatrice Senn-Irlet, Ulf Büntgen, Jeffrey Diez, Simon Egli, Alan C. Gange, Rune Halvorsen, Klaus Høiland, Jenni Nordén, Fredrik Rustøen, Lynne Boddy, Håvard Kauserud, 'Big data integration: Pan-European fungal species observations' assembly for addressing contemporary questions in ecology and global change biology', Fungal Biology Reviews, Volume 31, Issue 2, March 2017, Pages 88-98, ISSN 1749-4613
# Participatory Geographies: Away weekend
18th April, 2017
Department Leverhulme Research Fellow Dr Sam Halvorsen is organising, together with the Royal Geographic Society Participatory Geographies Research Group and the Participation Lab at Reading University, an away weekend from the 30 June- 2 July on Participatory Geographies.
The Participation Lab will run a one day workshop on the theme of Participation for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Digital technologies and innovation on Friday 30 June. PYGYRG will then host the weekend events at the Reading International Solidarity Centre.
# The Late Antique Little Ice Age in Nature GeoScience
13th April, 2017
A team led by Professor of Environmental Systems Analysis Ulf Buentgen and including Professor of Volcanology Clive Oppenheimer has appeared in the correspondence of the latest edition of Nature Geoscience. In it, the team discuss their paper, published in 2016, 'Cooling and societal change during the Late Antique Little Ice Age from 536 to around 660 AD' which uses tree-ring chronologies from the Russian Altai and European Alps to reconstruct summer temperatures over the past two millennia, identifying in particular the period from 536 to about 600 AD as the 'Late Antique Little Ice Age'.
# Increasing UK productivity through city support- ESRC briefing
12th April, 2017
Researchers from the ESRC-funded City Evolutions project, led by Professor of Economic Geography Ron Martin, have examined productivity growth paths of some 85 British cities for 82 activity sectors for the period 1971-2014, and explored how these paths are affected by changes in the cities' economic structures. From this they have published the ESRC briefing paper Increasing UK productivity through city support which contains important policy implications for improving productivity within the UK's cities.