Climate


From high-profile wildfires in the American West over the last several years, to visibly cleaner air during pandemic lock-downs, air quality is returning to the forefront of environmental concern. The air we breathe has direct impacts on human health and quality of life. Especially for people with respiratory concerns, sufficient […]

Air quality: from cities to space



Seven days before the polar vortex blanketed Madison in nearly record-low temperatures, researchers, meteorologists  and UW administrative leaders were already discussing how campus would be affected. Immediately after learning of the impending cold, Shane Hubbard began to work with UWPD’s Emergency Management Unit to advise and prepare campus . A research […]

Disaster watch: Meet the meteorologist who keeps campus safe



Ice crystals form on the orb of a soapy bubble that froze during subzero weather atop Bascom Hill at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Jan. 8, 2014. 3
The post office suspended mail delivery. Schools and campuses across the Midwest closed down. Temperatures in Chicago, Madison and other Great Lakes cities dipped lower than those in Antarctica. We’re ok. There’s nothing to see here. How’s everyone doing? pic.twitter.com/g0VuDIiU6q — UW–Madison Science (@UWMadScience) January 30, 2019  Surely that means […]

The polar vortex should kill bugs, right? Not so much.


As the executive officer of an ice breaking vessel on the Great Lakes for two years, Collin Tuttle learned that he really loved ice. His ship, a 140-foot U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker, kept federal waterways open for shipping and transportation throughout the winter months by keeping routes clear of ice. […]

Melting Arctic sea ice is opening up trade routes




How do a bunch of Earth scientists celebrate Earth Day? The researchers and other staff at the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) and the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) located at the University of Wisconsin–Madison arguably celebrate Earth Day every day by constantly advancing our knowledge of global […]

Earth Day, every day



What will happen once the gusher of carbon dioxide pollution finally ceases? Don’t assume climate and sea level will quickly return to those safe, familiar 20th-century conditions, warns Shaun Marcott, an assistant professor of geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In Nature Climate Change, Marcott and co-authors used data from […]

Global change: The ultra-long view