February 16, 2014
An early member of the Center for Climatic Research, Professor Wayne Wendland passed away on Sunday, 16 February 2014, in Urbana, Illinois. Wayne, a native of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, was one of Reid Bryson’s PhD graduates, receiving his degree in 1971. Working in CCR, he completed his thesis entitled "Dating the Temporal Limits of Climatic Episodes During the Holocene." Earlier, he received his master’s degree in meteorology, with a thesis titled "Aerial survey of Hudson Bay surface temperatures." From 1970 through 1976, he served as assistant professor with joint appointments in the meteorology and geography departments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1976, he became a faculty member in the Department of Geography at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, reaching the rank of associate professor by 1979. Wayne became the Illinois State Climatologist at the Illinois State Water Survey at Champaign from 1980 until his retirement in 1996. During his career he had over 75 published professional papers. Earlier, Wayne had served on active duty with the US Air Force from 1956 through 1964, at duty stations in Oklahoma, Nebraska, Newfoundland and Missouri. He is survived by his wife, Betty Willis Wendland of Mahomet, IL, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
February 14, 2014
CCR Senior Scientist Steve Vavrus was recently interviewed on BBC World Service (6:05-8:48) and Radio New Zealand for his opinions on the spate of extreme weather events around the world. This winter has been unusual not only around Wisconsin and the much of the United States, but internationally as well, with record rainfalls in England, a crippling snowstorm in Japan, and deadly flooding in Burundi and Zimbabwe. Understanding the underlying causes and whether they are related to climate change requires a systematic documentation of these extreme events, rather than the anecdotal evidence often used to make assessments.
February 5, 2014
Dr. Feng He was interviewed for a news story for LiveScience, related to pre-industrial global temperature increase from early agriculture, published in a recent article in Geophysical Research Letters with Steve Vavrus, John Kutzbach and co-authors.
February 4, 2014
Dr. Steve Vavrus’ Geophysical Research Letters paper "Extreme Arctic Cyclones in CMIP5 Historical Simulations” was selected as an American Geophysical Union Research Spotlight, appearing in both the on-line edition of Geophysical Research Letters as well as in a column for EOS, the weekly AGU magazine. In his paper, Dr. Vavrus writes, "Winter in the Arctic is not only cold and the dark—it is also storm season…”
January 2, 2014
Dr. Notaro's research, based on developing mid and late 21st century snow and winter severity projections, was the focus of a UW-Madison news release, an interview by WKOW-TV, an interview by the Public News Service, and an interview by NBC-15 News.
December 12, 2013
Dan Vimont, Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) co-chair, says the decentralized 250-member organization has moved into its second phase, emphasizing two-way communication focused on university research and its application in communities.
December 11, 2013
Galen McKinley and Dan Vimont spoke at an informational forum: “Climate Change: What it Means for Wisconsin’s Economy and Natural Resources," hosted by Representatives Fred Clark (D) and Jeff Mursau (R) of the Wisconsin Legislature and co-hosted by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts & Letters. The forum agenda stated, “The purpose of the forum [was] to begin the discussion of how a changing climate affects Wisconsin’s many natural resources and, consequently, Wisconsin’s business practitioners that depend on these natural resources.”
November 14, 2013
Dr. Michael Notaro presented on the topic of "21st Century Projections of Ameliorated Winter Conditions, Yet More Intense Snowstorms, Across the Central-Eastern North American Landscape Conservation Cooperatives" in a webinar in November 2013 for the Science Team for Climate Change and Forests.
October 18, 2013
On October 18th, 2013, CCR celebrated its 50th anniversary. It was an extremely successful and well attended event hosted at the Fluno Center.