Research Finds Decline in Forest Cover in New England and New York
Forest cover has declined throughout New England and New York over the
last decade, though losses to development slowed slightly during the
Great Recession, researchers in the Carsey School of Public Policy at
the University of New Hampshire found. The researchers also found
forest losses were greatest along the urban fringe, where population
growth was highest.
Inside: Concerns Over Aging Dams in New England | Are Surfers Stewards of the Environment? | Massive Wind Tunnel Propels Defense, Aerospace Research | Creative Challenge Gets High School Students Excited About App Design | ...and more!
The Data Discovery Center (ddc.unh.edu) is the data repository and digital library for NH EPSCoR research projects. Data access is free and available to anyone. The site was recently given a whole new look and several new features were added.
N.H. high school students design and write their own apps and
crush preconceptions about who programs computers. This fall, a dynamic
group of teachers across the state and over 200 students tackled the
creative computing challenge.
York Beaches Nexus of New Sustainability Science Research
When you think of York Maine you typically think of beaches and
relaxation and not cool scientific research. But York has attracted researchers from universities
across the region who are using it as a case study on the economic impacts of
water quality threats like increasing population, rising seas, and extreme
weather, as well as troubling local issues like seaweed.
New England Surfers Care about Water Quality, According to Preliminary Survey Data
Up and down the Maine and New Hampshire coastline researchers from
Plymouth State University have been on a summer “surfari”, scouring
beaches and vigilantly watching for primo weather forecasts. Because they know when the surfs up,
that’s where they’ll find surfers.
New NSF EPSCoR Grant Focused on the Future of Dams in New England
A new $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s EPSCoR program will fund a four-year study examining the future of dams in New England. This project marks an expansion in partners and scope for the New England Sustainability Consortium (NEST), adding Rhode Island to the existing partnership between Maine and New Hampshire.
Reducing the use of road salt through research, stewardship, and innovative technologies could protect water resources in N.H. and save municipalities money. NH EPSCoR research results from 110 streams and rivers where volunteers are collecting data could be incorporated into new tech used by maintenance trucks.
NH EPSCoR researchers
at the University of New Hampshire's Carsey School of Public Policy
looked at the state of forest cover in a new report, Forests In Flux,
which was released this week. They say the amount of forest cover in
the New England states and New York has declined by about 1 percent over
the past decade.
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ArcGIS Intensive Training Class To Be Offered Again This Year
The GSS 805: Applied GIS for Research, ArcGIS intensive training class will be offered again this year at UNH on the Durham Campus. This class will take place from Monday, May 23rd to Friday, June 3rd in room N110 of Kingsbury Hall. This year's class is being offered as a four credit graduate level class, but undergraduate seniors are also welcomed to petition the Graduate School for enrollment.
Space is limited, so interested students are encouraged to register early. Registration for the class can be completed on the UNH Summer Session website.
A collaborative team of scientists, community leaders, and water resources experts found that integrated planning could save Exeter, Stratham, and Newfields over $100 million (in fifty-year lifecycle costs) by prioritizing high-impact, low-cost mitigation strategies across permit type and town boundaries.
NH EPSCoR Researcher Ken Johnson Named 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellow
One of NH EPSCoR's Ecosystems & Society researchers, University of New Hampshire professor of sociology Kenneth Johnson, has been named a 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. He is among just 33 scholars nationwide selected to receive the country’s most generous and most prestigious fellowships to advance research in the social sciences and humanities.
Reports on Health Risks Associated with Rising Seas and Climate Change. Rising seas pose significant risks to New Hampshire coastal communities and ecosystems, cultural resources, and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and a host of climate change driven health impacts are a significant threat to Granite State and New England residents.
The Data Discovery Center
(DDC) is a digital library that provides access to a broad suite of data sets
generated by the New Hampshire and Maine EPSCoR programs. Current holdings
include atmospheric, aquatic, and terrestrial sensor data, imagery, model
results, and survey data, in support of the Ecosystems and Society Project, the
New England Sustainability Consortium (NEST), and the Ecosystems Computing
Want to help with science research on behalf of the environment? Citizen science projects need your help - counting species, monitoring water and weather and more. Sort by state, how much time you can spend, or topic to find the best project for you!
The Business and Industry Association’s strategic economic plan for
the state concludes that one of the best investments New Hampshire can
make for a prosperous future is to develop a highly skilled workforce —
one that is especially in tune with our burgeoning advanced
manufacturing and high-tech sectors.