Ocean waves interact with large-scale currents in this snapshot taken from a new NASA simulation. Oceanographers eager to explore it are hampered by inadequate computing power. Image: Dimitris Menemenlis/NASA’s JPL and Chris Hill/MIT
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Linking Climate Forecasts, Soil Testing for Smarter Farming

MPA in Environmental Science and Policy alum Dannie Dinh (’14)

ESP Alum Hopes to Bridge Society and Sustainability Through Art

Former MPA-ESP student Dannie Dinh decided to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector after completing her graduate degree. But her long-term vision is to use her creativity and artistic expression to raise awareness of sustainability among young people and the general public.

by |July 26, 2016
Ocean waves interact with large-scale currents in this snapshot taken from a new NASA simulation. Oceanographers eager to explore it are hampered by inadequate computing power. Image: Dimitris Menemenlis/NASA’s JPL and Chris Hill/MIT

New Group Takes On Massive Computing Needs of Big Data

The sheer number of observations now streaming from land, sea, air and space has outpaced the ability of most computers to process it. The Data Science Institute’s newest working group —Frontiers in Computing Systems—will try to address some of the bottlenecks facing scientists working with these and other massive data sets.

by |July 25, 2016
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Training for Sustainability Practitioners: ESP Midterm Briefings

Students in the Environmental Science and Policy program have been analyzing the underlying science behind several bills now before Congress that address environmental issues. They delivered their midterm briefings recently.

by |July 20, 2016
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For Climate Change, Carbon Pricing is No Silver Bullet

Many economists and policy experts believe carbon pricing is the most effective way to deal with global warming. But others argue that carbon pricing is not a silver bullet for dealing with climate change. Here’s why.

by |July 18, 2016
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Connecting Space to Village in West Africa

A new project, SERVIR-West Africa, will use space-based climate, weather land cover, and other NASA satellite data to address issues such as food security and the availability of fresh water in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Niger.