News: EAS

Mark Wysocki

Professor Mark Wysocki quoted in the New York Times on Climate Change

By: Anne Barnard

Mark Wysocki, Professor in EAS, was quoted in the New York Times on the effect climate change has on the volatility of snowfall in NYC. “When you can have no snow within a five-year period or you could have record-setting snow, how do I plan a budget for a city like that with this kind of volatility?" Mr. Wysocki said. “Some years you save. Some years you go overboard.” Read more

wind energy

Quadrupling turbines, U.S. can meet 2030 wind-energy goals

By: Blaine Friedlander

According to new research from Professor Sara Pryor from EAS and Professor Rebecca Barthelmie from MAE, the United States could generate 20% of its electricity from wind energy within 10 years. “The United States currently produces about 7% of its electricity from wind energy,” said Sara C. Pryor, professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. “This research shows that a quadrupling of the installed capacity of wind turbines from 2014 levels will allow us to attain the goal of 20% of electricity from the wind, without requiring additional land, or negative impacts on systemwide... Read more

Gregory McLaskey

Earthquake-Simulating Machine Leads Cornell Prof. Gregory McLaskey ’05 to National Award

By: Ari Dubow

Assistant Professor Gregory McLanskey, a field faculty member in Geological Sciences, received the $500,000 National Science Foundation early career award. The award supports “early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization,” according to the NSF website. The academic work worthy of this award should work toward “integrating education and research.” Read more

Dust in the Atmosphere May Have Fertilized the Ancient Ocean

By: Rachel Crowell

New research investigates dust’s role in primary production during the Carboniferous and Permian periods. "It is fascinating that this mechanism that has been explored extensively in the current climate, and the glacial/interglacial cycles, could also be operating so far in the past," said EAS Professor Natalie Mahowald. Read more

‘Borehole of opportunity’ attracts international scientists

By: Syl Kacapyr

About 35 researchers traveled to campus for the workshop, where they were joined by about 20 Cornell faculty members, students and facilities professionals to design experiments that could be incorporated into the university’s proposal to dig a 2.5-mile-deep borehole as part of an enhanced geothermal energy system. Patrick Fulton, Assistant Professor in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences was a member of the workshop’s organizing committee. “By studying the processes and conditions that operate here, there is excitement about the potential for showcasing how sustainable energy solutions can be... Read more


Dancing debris, moveable landscape shape Comet 67P

By: Blaine Friedlander

Sam Birch, a recent Ph.D. alum and Alex Hayes, a member of the graduate field of geological sciences, research on comets was featured in the Cornell Chronicle. “We expected that the rocky gravel material of the smooth terrains – terrain that covers half the comet – to be inert and devoid of ice. But these regions retained a lot of ice and were surprisingly the most active parts of the comet. We caught this movement in the act and we have now developed a model for how this material can erode seasonally.” Read more

A boulder in Chile’s Chuculay Boulder Field with the escarpment it fell from in the background.

Boulders Don’t Just Roll. They Bounce.

By: Katherine Kornei, New York Times

Graduate student Paul Morgan and Professor Rick Allmendinger discuss craters in a Chilean desert that preserve the trajectories of giant rocks, allowing scientists to study the physics of rockslides. There’s a place in Chile’s Atacama Desert where trails of depressions punctuate the fine chusca dust. But what might seem like the footsteps left by a giant creature are in fact exquisitely preserved evidence of boulders that tumbled down a nearby cliff face before bouncing to their final resting place. The site, the Chuculay Boulder Field, is home to thousands of granite goliaths, some as big as... Read more