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Preserving Paradise: SDSU is the steward of one of Southern California’s last wild places

https://issuu.com/sdsu360mag/docs/360_fall_2017?e=1330685/53976788

Page 10: When Murray Schloss came to Riverside County in the 1920s to found a utopian society, little did he know his dream would come true- just not in the way he had planned.  Rather than being a paradise on earth for believers in his utopia, the land he purchased has become a . . . → Read More: Preserving Paradise: SDSU is the steward of one of Southern California’s last wild places

Can eelgrass in Newport Beach help fight acidity in the ocean?

Researchers are using seagrass from Newport Beach and other locations across the state to see if the salt-water flowering plant can fight ocean acidity, which they say could possibly curb the effects of climate change.

Ocean acidification is a global problem that occurs when seawater takes in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, making it . . . → Read More: Can eelgrass in Newport Beach help fight acidity in the ocean?

Can eelgrass save our oysters from ocean acidification?

California researchers want to find out just how much the oft-maligned underwater plant known as eelgrass can help buffer the impact of ocean acidification on sensitive aquatic species…

http://www.scpr.org/news/2017/08/31/75184/can-eelgrass-save-our-oysters-from-ocean-acidifica/

 

GRGC student: Melissa Ward

Can local eelgrass help fight global ocean acidification? Newport Bay research may help provide answers

Eelgrass growing in Newport Beach waters may help prove its importance in maintaining healthy water chemistry by keeping acidity down and making the water more hospitable to ecologically and economically valuable organisms…

http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-eelgrass-20170830-story.html

 

GRGC student: Melissa Ward

Walter Oechel on the Paris Agreement; SDSU biology professor Walter Oechel weighs in on President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

Perception of withdrawal

Walter Oechel is a San Diego State University biology professor and the director of the university’s Global Change Research Group. His research primarily focuses on developing and understanding the predictive capability of the interconnections of terrestrial, atmospheric and marine systems on global change. He has worked on several elevated atmospheric CO2 global . . . → Read More: Walter Oechel on the Paris Agreement; SDSU biology professor Walter Oechel weighs in on President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

“Biogeochemistry: Long-term effects of permafrost thaw” by Donatella Zona

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v537/n7622/full/537625a.html

Carbon emissions from the Arctic tundra could increase drastically as global warming thaws permafrost. Clues now obtained about the long-term effects of such thawing on carbon dioxide emissions highlight the need for more data.

Subject terms:

Biogeochemistry, Climate change, Hydrology, Environmental sciences

“If San Diego lost its forest” by Walter Oechel

http://inewsource.org/2016/09/28/san-diego-forest-loss/

The forests of San Diego County that have shaded 500 generations of local people and provided pine needle bedding, oak woodland and spiritual renewal could disappear. Overly intense fires in quick succession, along with drought, borer insects and climate extremes is laying waste to trees and creating a hostile environment for regrowth.

Trees . . . → Read More: “If San Diego lost its forest” by Walter Oechel

The Washington Post interview with Dr. Zona and Dr. Oechel about cold-season methane emissions in the Arctic

Bad news: Scientists say we could be underestimating Arctic methane emissions

Arctic permafrost has become a recent star in the climate change conversation, capturing the attention of scientists, activists and policymakers alike because of its ability to emit large quantities of carbon dioxide as well as methane — a particularly potent though relatively short-lived . . . → Read More: The Washington Post interview with Dr. Zona and Dr. Oechel about cold-season methane emissions in the Arctic

GCRG on LI-COR NewsLine: Measure Methane Where it Matters: Part II, Barrow, Alaska

“Although many scientists agree that the current warming trend is likely to continue, it is unknown whether a warmer climate will turn the Arctic Coastal Plain from a sink to a source of greenhouse gases…. Cove Sturtevant and Dr. Walt Oechel from San Diego State University in California are addressing some of these questions . . . → Read More: GCRG on LI-COR NewsLine: Measure Methane Where it Matters: Part II, Barrow, Alaska

What is a “Feedback Loop?”: Dr. Oechel on ABC News

Recently, it was another beautiful, sunny day out on the Arctic tundra. Scientists say the Arctic is melting — and fear it could help send Earth into a global warming tailspin. It may sound nicer that way — but it’s a big problem for the Earth. Scientists say the warm weather adds to global . . . → Read More: What is a “Feedback Loop?”: Dr. Oechel on ABC News