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Using machine learning to understand climate change

Thu, 10 Oct 2019

In a vast ocean where direct observational data is scarce, Rochester researchers are using data science to understand how shallow coastal waters and deep oceans contribute to the methane found in the atmosphere.


Researchers solve ‘hot spot’ debate

Wed, 31 Jul 2019

Volcanic hot spots such as the ones that created the Hawaiian Islands have long been considered stationary points, but new data analyses provide conclusive evidence that hot spots are not fixed but are moving.


3 questions: 50 years after the moon landing

Thu, 18 Jul 2019

The lunar rocks brought back by the Apollo astronauts still inform research today, including the work of Rochester professor Miki Nakajima, who studies the formation and evolution of the Earth, the moon, and other planetary bodies.


Ice core data confirms increased tropospheric ozone levels since industrialization

Thu, 13 Jun 2019

The findings suggest good news about the reliability of the computer models used to estimate and predict the changes in ground-level ozone.


New view of how ocean ‘pumps’ impact climate change

Thu, 25 Apr 2019

A new Rochester study has found that factors such as wind, currents, and even small fish play a larger role in transferring carbon from the Earth's atmosphere to the deep oceans than previously thought.