December 22, 2020
December 21, 2020
Scientists with the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research will receive critical funding for their work on climate variability and climate change thanks to the Pandemic-Affected Research Continuation Initiative (PARCI). The PARCI is provided through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate and offers financial assistance to research projects that are facing a shortage of funds due to challenges brought about by COVID-19.
Professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and co-director of the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research Dan Vimont shared, “While this initiative will help CCR maintain our pursuit of the Wisconsin Idea through world-class research and outreach on the causes and impacts of climate change, it does more. In addition to recognizing the importance of our colleagues for what they do, it also recognizes the importance of who they are: parents, spouses and family members who are also world-class scientists. As we face what we expect will be a challenging time for the university and for research funding, this is welcome help to our center and to our scientists.” Read more.
December 14, 2020 | WTMJ
During an interview with TMJ4, WTMJ-TV Milwaukee, Wis., on December 13, 2020, associate director of the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, Michael Notaro shared his research into the warming trend being seen in the Great Lakes area. According to Notaro, data shows that the average winter temperature has increased by around 4°F over the past few years. Notaro has been investigating this trend as a part of a three-year grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) Program. He shared that Minnesota and Wisconsin have had the greatest amounts of warming in the winter and that this warming will have an impact on everything from the ecosystem to local businesses that depend on winter weather.
November 17, 2020 | UW-Madison
The Elizabeth S. Pringle Award is limited to those members of the University Staff who hold Office Support Titles and is awarded on an annual basis. It is issued to a single winner from among the nominees. The nominations are reviewed by a 5 person committee of University Staff Shared Governance called the Awards Selection Committee. This committee meets collectively to determine the winner. The Pringle Award is made possible from a generous grant by Dr. Joel Margolis, an Emeritus Faculty member of the UW-Madison. The Award is named for his Assistant, the late Elizabeth S. Pringle.
October 6, 2020 | Spectrum News 1
Steve Vavrus was recently interviewed by Spectrum News about WICCI’s contribution to the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change. Last year, Evers directed The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) to provide scientific guidance to the Task Force. The report details ways Wisconsin is experiencing climate change, projects what the climate may look like in the coming decades, and offers suggestions to mitigate issues that climate change will bring.
June 25, 2020 | BBC
Steve Vavrus, senior scientist with the Nelson Institute's Center for Climatic Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was recently interviewed this week by BBC World Service Radio about the Arctic heat wave.
June 9, 2020 | UW-Madison
Recent UW–Madison research, as well as experiences throughout Wisconsin and beyond, have shown that existing storm water and flood control infrastructure is inadequate in the face of increases in extreme rainfall. Existing rainfall design statistics are already more than a decade old and seriously underestimate current and future rainfall conditions in Wisconsin due to rapid climate change. The Wisconsin Rainfall Project will use cutting-edge science to produce both “present-day” and “future climate” rainfall statistics, and will create a community of practice to promote the integration of the best science and engineering knowledge regarding climate change and extreme rainfall into infrastructure design and management. The Wisconsin Rainfall Project will be the first major effort of the newly formed Infrastructure Working Group of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI), which has been founded to push WICCI’s prior successes into the critical emerging area of climate and infrastructure.
March 11, 2020
February 17, 2020 | Spectrum News 1
Feng He discussed how the rising ocean temperatures are forcing ice to melt quicker than the rising air temperature. Especially in the Antarctic, where a large portion of the ice is underwater. He pointed out that if Antarctic Ice Sheet starts to melt, that’ll cause very large and fast sea level rise, and all the infrastructure probably won't have enough time to accommodate that.