• Resilience From Space. Satellite Data Tracks Forest Fire Recovery in South Africa

    YCEI Postdoctoral researcher Adam Wilson says his latest research in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrates how the field of remote sensing is transitioning from simply "mapping of patterns to understanding systems."

  • New Understanding About the Role of Soil Fauna in Regulating the Carbon Cycle

    YCEI postdoctoral researcher Thomas Crowther published important new findings in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences about the relationship between soil animals feeding on microbes which can otherwise exacerbate the impacts of climate change.

  • Hundreds Gather to Consider Initiatives for East African Climate & Health

    Representatives of government and NGOs from around the Horn of Africa and Arabia gathered in Djibouti last week where a Yale-led Taskforce met with the Republic's President Ismail Omar Guelleh to present their vision for high-resolution climate modeling of the region.

  • YCEI-sponsored Global Biodiversity Workshop

    Walter Jetz convenes fellow FutureEarth researchers working to "accelerate our transformations to a sustainable world." FutureEarth is a global research platform supported by the International Council for Science, the World Meteorological Organization and multiple agencies of the United Nations.

  • A More Nuanced Look at Climate Change and the Fall of the Maya

    A new publication in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Dr. Peter Douglas and YCEI Director Mark Pagani, shows how isotopic analysis yields fresh understanding of how drought impacted the Maya, and how they apparently altered their agricultural practices in turn.

Submitted by: Adam Rosenblatt

Permafrost, the soils in polar regions that are normally frozen year-round, hold twice as much carbon as there is in the atmosphere. Temperatures have risen twice as fast in permafrost regions relative to the rest of the globe, and many fear that as permafrost thaws large amounts of greenhouse gases will be rapidly released into the atmosphere, potentially accelerating climate change. Predicting the climate change effects of thawing permafrost, however, depends on understanding how quickly greenhouse…

Submitted by: Kevin Lane

Health studies on the impact of heat waves have focused for the most part on using temperature differences and metrics such as humidity index to assign heat stress, but may not be fully accounting for the physiological response to heat. Algorithms that more accurately characterize exposure by including moisture terms to calculate Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) could improve heat stress studies. WBGT is a heat metric that more accurately reflects heat dissipation; or the ability of the atmosphere to allow

by Eric Ellman

Advance arrangement with homeowners and industry has allowed Clifton R. Musser Professor of Hydrology Jim Saiers to launch the first ever study of groundwater quality impacts before, during, and after …


Postdoctoral researcher Adam Wilson discusses utilization of satellite imagery to uncover patterns governing how landscapes recover from wildfire in the Cape Floristic Region of South Africa, and what it portends for the use of the technology in other locations under global warming scenarios.