News: EAS

The 2023 edition of the Ithaca Weather Calendar is available to order

Shop the calendar at the Cornell Store or calendars are available by mail for $2 shipping and will include an invoice to be paid by check. To purchase by mail, email Calendars are $10 + shipping. The Ithaca Weather Calendar began in 1985 as a project between the graduate students and senior class of Cornell’s Earth & Atmospheric Science major. The Northeast Regional Climate Center later took over producing the calendar. The first calendar was done in color paper and had lots of stories regarding birds. The themes changed over the years. 2001 and 2002 issues featured weather... Read more

Trio of EAS students receive NSF Graduate Fellowships

Three Earth and Atmospheric Science graduate students—Andrea Gomez-Patron, Olivia Paschall and Kayla Russo—are among the 55 Cornell graduate students selected as 2022 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) fellows. Read more

Remembering Muawia Barazangi at the 2022 Kaufman INSTOC Symposium

By: Patrick Gillespie

Former students, colleagues and friends gathered Friday, October 7 to celebrate the career and scientific accomplishments of Muawia Barazangi, who passed away March 30, 2022. The Cornell University Institute for the Study of the Continents (INSTOC) hosted the 2022 Kaufman INSTOC Symposium at the Cornell Law School Auditorium, followed by a reception in Snee Hall Atrium. Larry Brown Ph.D. ‘76, the Sidney Kaufman Professor in Geophysics in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and a co-organizer of the symposium, welcomed those in attendance and shared his memories of Professor... Read more

Advancing geothermal exploration at Cornell University

By: Terry Jordan and Patrick Fulton

Wanted: a carbon-free energy source with which to heat buildings in populated regions with cold winters. That is the challenge being tackled by Cornell University as it assesses Earth Source Heat, a vision to heat campus using geothermal energy. A busy year of progress was powered by expertise and efforts within the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences. Read more

Understanding long-term climate and CO2 change

Paleoceanographic records tell us that the climate has experienced a long-term cooling trend and declines in atmospheric carbon dioxide over the past several tens of millions of years, interrupted by some shorter intervals of ups and downs, according to research by Louis Derry, a professor in Cornell’s Department of Atmospheric and Earth Sciences. Read more

Tomas Zapata, Ph.D. ’95, connects dots for CUBO success

By: Reeve Hamilton

Meeting a goal as ambitious as Cornell’s aspiration to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035 requires broad collaboration. For example, this summer’s drilling of the Cornell University Borehole Observatory (CUBO), which opened up new opportunities for exploring geothermal energy, succeeded due to involvement from Cornell faculty, students, staff, and alumni like Tomás Zapata, Ph.D. ’95, who works for the multi-energy company Repsol. Read more

Drilling ends and data analysis begins for borehole observatory

The Cornell University Borehole Observatory provides a platform to directly study the temperature, permeability and other characteristics of the rock deep beneath the Ithaca campus – factors that will help the university determine whether to move forward with a proposed plan to warm the Ithaca campus with Earth Source Heat. Read more