A Trek to the Giant Mongolian Glacier That Holds the Secrets to Global Warming

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 in Comer Fellows, Environment, Fellows, Press
A Trek to the Giant Mongolian Glacier That Holds the Secrets to Global Warming

Deep in the Altai mountains, American scholars are using drones to study glacier-formed ridges that could unlock the mysteries of abrupt climate change. Since the Industrial Revolution, Mongolia’s temperature has risen by more than twice the global average. Scientists have observed that lakes are evaporating and glaciers are receding. Much of the country’s economic activity […]

Comer Fellows in the Field: Destiny Washington

Posted on Sep 1, 2016 in Comer Fellows, Featured, Fellows
Comer Fellows in the Field: Destiny Washington

The Mongolian Altai Project with Comer’s youngest fellow, a 17-year old high school student from Gary Comer College Prep in Chicago As the Potanin Glacier came into view, the sun was already lowering in the afternoon sky. Nearing the end of a 10-mile rugged hike, 17-year old Destiny Washington walked along a horse trail that […]

Comer Fellows in the Field: Aaron Putnam, Destiny Washington
& Kevin Stark

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 in Featured, Fellows
Comer Fellows in the Field: Aaron Putnam, Destiny Washington <br> & Kevin Stark

Comer team drills into Mongolia’s climate mystery and its global consequences Aaron Putnam of the School of Earth and Climate Sciences and Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine is trying to find the switches that caused the Earth to lurch out of the last Ice Age. Climate levers are not yet well understood, […]

Thirty Scientists; One Question; 2015

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 in Fellows
Thirty Scientists; One Question; 2015

We asked thirty climate scientists gathered for the 2015 Comer Climate Conference to answer the same question. What is one big question you’d like to answer through your research? Here is what a few of them had to say. Thirty Climate Scientists Answer One Big Question from Comer Family Foundation on Vimeo.

Comer Fellows in the Field: Gina Moseley

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 in Fellows
Comer Fellows in the Field: Gina Moseley

Northeast Greenland Caves Project In July and August 2015, Gina E. Moseley of the University of Innsbruck, Austria, led a small expedition of five people to some of the remotest caves on the planet. The purpose of the expedition was to collect calcite deposits from caves in the far northeast of Greenland at 80.4°N, which […]

Comer Fellows in the Field: Alice Doughty

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 in Fellows
Comer Fellows in the Field: Alice Doughty

In January, 2015, Alice M. Doughty, a Neukom Fellow at Dartmouth College, Margaret Jackson, a Ph.D. student at Dartmouth College, and James Russell, a professor at Brown University, traveled to the southern section of the Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda to study tropical glaciers and track their changes during and since the last ice age that occurred […]

Thirty Scientists; One Question; 2014

Posted on Dec 3, 2014 in Fellows
Thirty Scientists; One Question; 2014

We asked thirty climate scientists gathered for the 2014 Abrupt Climate Change Conference to answer the same question. What is one big question you’d like to answer through your research? Here is what a few of them had to say. What is one big question you’d like to answer through your research? from Comer Family […]

Picking Lesser of Two Climate Evils

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 in Comer Fellows, Press
Picking Lesser of Two Climate Evils

The methane is like a hangover that you can get over if you stop drinking,” said Raymond T. Pierrehumbert, a climate scientist at the University of Chicago and the author of a textbook on planetary atmospheres. “CO2 is more like lead poisoning — it sticks around, you don’t get rid of it, and it causes […]

The Big Melt Accelerates

Posted on May 20, 2014 in Comer Fellows, Press
The Big Melt Accelerates

We as people see it as closing doors and limiting our future choices,” said Richard Alley, a professor of geosciences at Pennsylvania State University. “Most of us personally like to keep those choices open.” Centuries from now, a large swath of the West Antarctic ice sheet is likely to be gone, its hundreds of trillions […]

Comer Fellow Meredith Kelly’s Recently Published Study Links Temperature to a Peruvian Glacier’s Growth and Retreat

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 in Comer Fellows, Press
Comer Fellow Meredith Kelly’s Recently Published Study Links Temperature to a Peruvian Glacier’s Growth and Retreat

Sitting on a flat volcanic plain 18,000 feet above sea level, the great Quelccaya ice cap of Peru is the largest piece of ice in the tropics. In recent decades, as scientists have watched it melt at an accelerating pace, it has also become a powerful symbol of global warming. In a paper released on […]

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