News: EAS

Determining rate of magma injection may lead to more reliable volcanic forecasting

By: Patrick Gillespie

Forecasting volcanic eruptions has been spotty at best due mostly to the inability to identify reliable eruptive precursors. But a group of researchers at Cornell University’s College of Engineering, Roma Tre University and the University of Leeds may have found a solution to that problem. The research team addresses this limitation in a scientific article published today in Nature Geoscience, showing that a novel parameter, which can be indirectly measured at volcanoes, is a good indicator of whether it will go on to erupt or not. “This precursor is the rate of magma injection within the... Read more

EAS alumni invited to attend CUBO lecture

By: Cornell EAS

To meet the University’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2035, we will utilize the Ithaca campus as a living laboratory to house the Cornell University Borehole Observatory (CUBO). This borehole will allow researchers to explore deep surface rock conditions and heat output to determine if Cornell’s version of a deep geothermal system can be used to warm the campus utilizing Earth’s internal heat without the use of fossil fuels. If viable, Earth Source Heat could also become a scalable solution for renewable heating in New York as well as other cold-climate regions. Please join us Friday... Read more

EAS fully engaged as CUBO begins drilling in June

By: Cornell EAS

The Cornell University Borehole Observatory (CUBO) will begin early in June and many EAS members are in the action. Non-stop preparations have been in motion for the last several months, involving EAS faculty and graduate students in partnership with Cornell staff from Facilities and Campus Services, Cornell’s central administration, College of Engineering administration, and the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering administration—as well as Professor Jeff Tester from chemical & biomolecular engineering. Assistant Professor Patrick Fulton and Professor Teresa Jordan are central... Read more

EAS Spring Symposium and Pop-Up Party

By: Cornell EAS

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences celebrated the independent research conducted by our EAS and atmospheric majors at the Spring Symposium and Pop-Up Party on May 5 in Snee Hall Atrium. Read more

Ph.D. students receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

By: Patrick Gillespie

Two current Ph.D. students in geological sciences—Andie Gomez-Patron and Olivia Paschall—have received National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Additionally, incoming Ph.D. student Kayla Russo also received an NSFGRF. Gomez-Patron, who earned her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, works with Matt Pritchard, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for Geological Science. Paschall, who received her undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, is studying under Associate Professor Rowena Lohman. Russo, who will be working with Assistant... Read more

Swelling colloids could fix short circuits in geothermal wells

By: Syl Kacapyr

Swelling colloids – mixtures, such as milk and paint, in which particles are suspended in a substance and which can grow up to 100 times larger under certain temperatures – could be used to fix flow pathways in underground geothermal systems, a problem that has hobbled investment in geothermal energy. Read more

Remembering Muawia Barazangi, Professor Emeritus

Muawia Barazangi, professor emeritus in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University, has passed away. Barazangi was known as a pillar of the EAS community and a foundational presence in the department. "Barazangi was one of our department's more prominent scholars. I have known him my entire professional career," said Geoff Abers, the William & Katherine Snee Professor in Geological Sciences and the chair of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. "He was also a warm, deeply caring individual who made an impact on many people’s lives. He will be missed." In... Read more