Research Recap

By Aaron Ferster

research_recap_250Despite the short work week and the return of a mid-summer-like heat wave, EPA researchers were able to continue to get a lot of work done. Here’s a quick recap of some of what we shared this week.

Innovative Science is Bubbling Up

“The way that methane emission rates from reservoirs are currently estimated doesn’t take into account a number of factors that can affect how much is emitted into the atmosphere such as the location, water depth, overall size of the reservoir and other conditions,” writes Rose Keane. Her blog explains how Jake Beaulieu and other EPA researchers are developing new models and tools to fix that, and improve such estimates. Read all about it in her post, Bubbling Up: Methane from Reservoirs Presents Climate Change Challenge.

Climate Change Impact EPA Science

For several EPA researchers, days spent along the coast aren’t just great for their scenic beauty. Such important ecosystems are also important field sites for scientific investigation. Researchers have recently published results of work examining how different impacts of climate change are affecting coastal ecosystems. They demonstrate how vulnerable these natural resources are to drought, sea level rise, and other impacts of a changing climate. Read about them in Andrew Miller’s blog, Climate Change…By the Seashore.

About the Author: EPA science writer Aaron Ferster kept busy this week covering the Research Recap.

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