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Madeleine Barr
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There is a lot of climate science research going on at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.

Researchers at the Climate System Research Center (CSC) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst are studying the changes in global climate and how best to deal with these challenges. The facility recently received a $7.5 million dollar grant from the federal government to continue and expand this work. At CSC, graduate students, post-docs, university faculty and scientists collaborate on studies that involve glaciological and meteorological observations, recovery and analysis of paleoclimatic archives, and climate scenario modeling. These are worth looking up in the dictionary!

The earth’s climate is undergoing rapid changes due to a period of natural climatic shift that is amplified exponentially by our own pollution. At a Boston unveiling of another climate center housed at UMass-Amherst, the Northeast Climate Science Center(NECSC), Richard Palmer, Department Head Civil and Environmental Engineering, noted that just this year the Commonwealth has suffered from weather troubles including disastrous flooding, an early snowfall on fully-leafed trees, a tornado, and an earthquake. The NECSC accepts the inevitability of increased variability and severity in weather, a shift in the seasons, and a rise in sea level, and will use its information, tools and techniques to best forecast and manage these events.

Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan, who attended the NECSC launch, noted the extent to which this facility of innovation and research can impact the Commonwealth. The Climate Science Center will be one of eight in the country, but serves the largest region with the most people. What is learned at and shared by the Center will inform Massachusetts as it works toward its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020.

Interested in climate change and the work being done at the Northeast Climate Science Center? Check out this video below.

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