Environment

  • PEI Discovery Day highlights array of student research in environmental studies

    Monday, May 21, 2018
    by Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute

    Seniors and graduate students exhibited the topical diversity of environmental studies at Princeton University during the seventh annual PEI Discovery Day hosted by the Princeton Environmental Institute May 9 in the Frick Chemistry Lab Atrium. Ninety-six students representing 20 academic departments showcased their research and discussed their findings with fellow students and University faculty.

  • Survival and restoration of China's native forests imperiled by proliferating tree plantations

    Wednesday, May 2, 2018
    by B. Rose Kelly, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

    China has implemented some of the world’s most ambitious policies to protect and restore forests, yet these programs still miss the mark, according to a team of researchers led by Princeton University.

    Using satellite imagery and household interviews, the team looked at how government policies affected land use in southwestern China between 2000 and 2015.

  • Lessons learned during and after hurricane season

    Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017
    by Sharon Adarlo, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
    Several months before Hurricane Sandy battered the New Jersey Shore and the New York City region in 2012, Ning Lin, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, warned that the area was vulnerable to storm surges, which are destructive amounts of coastal water driven inland by storms. She published a paper in Nature Climate with professors Michael Oppenheimer and Erik Vanmarcke, as well as Kerry Emanuel, a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • How global warming is drying up the North American monsoon

    Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017
    A new, high-resolution climate model used by researchers at Princeton and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration corrects for persistent sea surface temperature biases and suggests that the North American monsoon, which brings summer rains to the southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico, is not simply delayed, but that the region's total rainfall is facing a dramatic reduction. Princeton researchers include Salvatore Pascale and Hiroyuki Murakami in atmospheric and oceanic sciences
  • Using old smartphones to build computer servers

    Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017
    Princeton researchers have developed a method to use old smartphones to build computer servers that are often cheaper to build and operate than conventional high-end servers. Key researchers on the work are David Wentzlaff, an assistant professor of electrical engineering, and graduate student Mohammad Shahrad.
  • Air pollution cuts solar energy potential in China

    Monday, Oct 23, 2017
    China is rapidly expanding its solar power supply, hoping to meet 10 percent of the nation’s electricity needs with solar energy by 2030. But there’s a problem: Severe air pollution is blocking light from the sun.
  • Birth of a storm in the Arabian Sea validates climate model

    Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017
    Researchers from Princeton University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report in the journal Nature Climate Change that extreme cyclones that formed in the Arabian Sea for the first time in 2014 are the result of global warming and will likely increase in frequency. Their model showed that the burning of fossil fuels since 1860 would lead to an increase in the destructive storms in the Arabian Sea by 2015, marking one of the first times that modeled projections have synchr

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