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"This report presents findings from a specialist meeting of spatially-minded researchers and administrators from education and industry to consider prospects for introducing courses and curricula on spatial thinking in higher education". A really interesting article: http://buff.ly/1mYfK0q
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Olaf Menzer (2014-2015 Dean’s Fellowship):

"My research at UCSB is focused on biosphere-atmosphere interactions in urban and suburban areas. A key challenge is to quantify sources and sinks of carbon dioxide in cities, which help to shape land use and land management decisions in urban areas of the future. To do this, we need a better mechanistic understanding of how different components of urban ecosystems, such as vegetation and soils, contribute to CO2, water vapor, and energy exchanges. These ecosystem responses can be investigated by making turbulent flux measurements and collecting ancillary meteorological data from tall towers in a suburban landscape. My research questions are at the intersection of Geography, Ecosystem Ecology, and Statistics. I also use methods from Computer Science, such as machine learning algorithms including Artificial Neural Networks, to model these complex ecosystem responses across time and space. In the past, I have worked on flux tower studies that synthesized measurements from forest ecosystems in North America and Europe. I have also contributed to flux tower studies in a desert ecosystem in Baja California Sur, Mexico and a subalpine forest in Niwot Ridge, Colorado."
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Yang Lin (Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowship):

"In my dissertation, I study how solar radiation contributes to the decomposition of plant litter, or photodegradation, using several field and laboratory experiments. My field experiment in Sedgwick Reserve found that ultraviolet radiation increased the mass loss rate of litter by 30%. One of my laboratory experiments found that prior exposure to field ultraviolet radiation suppressed microbial decomposition of plant litter. My on-going work compares changes in litter chemistry between photodegradation and microbial decomposition using two-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance analysis. My studies hope to fill a critical gap in our understanding of carbon cycling in arid and semi-arid ecosystems, which contain at least 15% of terrestrial carbon. I would like to thank the department for nominating me for this award. I especially thank the support and encouragement from my advisor, Jennifer King, and committee members, Oliver Chadwick, and Carla D’Antonio."

Read more about Yang here:http://buff.ly/1g0wN3r
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Starting today, the #UCSBgeography department will profile the research motives and goals of some of its top graduate students, each of whom won awards for their distinguished work. Stay tuned for the posts to follow!
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A map of the blood vessels of a human body.
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Bubbles of methane trapped in Alberta's Lake Abraham.

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This is a visualization of the Japanese Earthquake on March 11, 2011. Watch this video with audio - the louder the thud, the larger the earthquake. You'll see what happens when the earthquake hits. http://buff.ly/REryeb

Want more? Ken Buesseler, who specializes in the study of natural and manmade radioactive isotopes in the ocean, will give a talk in UC Santa Barbara’s Campbell Hall on Tuesday, May 27. His presentation, “Fukushima – A View from the Ocean,” will begin at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Here's a link to the main article from UCSB's "The Current": http://buff.ly/REruLi
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Dr. Andrew Hoell and Dr. Colin Kelley and former team member Dr. Amy McNally (now at NASA Goddard) of the UCSB Geography Climate Hazards Group traveled to the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) in Dubai, UAE last week to meet with U.S. and regional partners about food and water security monitoring in the Middle East and Africa.
The meeting focused on the agro- and hydro-climatology of Yemen and its rapidly depleting ground water resources. Groundwater is primarily used for agriculture, and one of the most water intensive and widely grown crops is Qat, a narcotic.

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Two current members (Dr. Andrew Hoell and Dr. Colin Kelley) and one former member (Dr. Amy McNally, '13, now at NASA Goddard) of the UCSB Geography Climate Hazards Group traveled to the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) in Dubai, UAE May 8-9 to meet with US and regional ...
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Erin Wetherley (The Brython Davis Endowment Graduate Fellowship):

"The Brython Davis Endowment Graduate Fellowship is intended to provide support to students who demonstrate outstanding past academic achievement as well as future promise. It is designated for children of regular members of the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. It provides one-quarter of fellowship support for a continuing graduate student. The objective of my research is to develop an understanding of urban vegetation evapotranspiration using remotely sensed imagery. Currently, more than half the global population lives in an urban area and it is expected that this urban population will continue to grow. The urbanization associated with this mass migration alters local energy and water budgets, impacting local climate, human health, resource use, and economic costs. Urban vegetation evapotranspiration is a key factor in the moderation of urban climate. I am investigating methods that will improve remote urban surface discrimination and describe urban evapotranspiration in order to explore how it changes across the variable urban surface."
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Mike Alonzo (Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowship):

"My research goal at UCSB is to develop the methods required to map forest structure and ecosystem function in urban areas. To achieve this goal, I will combine information from two types of remotely sensed data: airborne hyperspectral imagery and light detection and ranging (lidar). The former is frequently used to answer questions about vegetation health, biochemical composition, and morphology and has been previously employed to identify tree species from above. The latter, using laser pulses, can be used to precisely measure the three dimensional structure of landforms, buildings, and forests. I will use the two together in my downtown Santa Barbara, California study area to complete three projects leading to my dissertation. First, I use the hyperspectral and lidar data to identify tree species. Second, I will measure important crown parameters such as leaf area index (LAI). Third, and finally, I will use the species and LAI information to build spatially explicit models of the urban forest’s potential for air pollution removal, stormwater runoff mitigation, and building energy use reduction."

for more about the graduate student awards at ucsb, follow the link here: http://buff.ly/1htdhaF
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