A new study led by A&S professor Tao Wen used a novel method of machine learning to explore the environmental impact of oil and gas drilling. A study led by EES professor Tao Wen is one of the first to use machine learning techniques to holistically assess general water quality […]

Illustration of a planet floating freely through the universe with a moon that can store water. Credit: © Tommaso Grassi / LMU The moons of planets that have no parent star can possess an atmosphere and retain liquid water. Astrophysicists at LMU have calculated that such systems could harbor sufficient […]

ANIMATION First global assessment of the extent of snow and ice cover on Earth’s surface—a critical factor cooling the planet through reflected sunlight—and its response to warming temperatures. The global cryosphere—all of the areas with frozen water on Earth—shrank by about 87,000 square kilometers (about 33,000 square miles), a area […]

The bright white region of this image shows the icy cap that covers Mars’ south pole, composed of frozen water and frozen carbon dioxide. ESA’s Mars Express imaged this area of Mars on December 17, 2012, in infrared, green, and blue light, using its High Resolution Stereo Camera. Credit: ESA/DLR/FU […]

Hundreds of temperate lakes around the world are showing trends toward anoxia, becoming warmer, murkier, and less hospitable to cold-water species. PHOTOGRAPH: ARTUR WIDAK/GETTY IMAGES KEVIN ROSE AND his team loaded their sensors into a boat and began rowing. It was late summer at Lake Giles, a small glacial lake in […]

Oxygen levels in the world’s temperate freshwater lakes are declining rapidly — faster than in the oceans — a trend driven largely by climate change that threatens freshwater biodiversity and drinking water quality. Research published on June 2, 2021, in Nature found that oxygen levels in surveyed lakes across the temperate zone […]

This image shows a forest giving off moisture into the air, or transpiring. When combined with moisture that evaporates from the land, both processes drive evapotranspiration, a key branch of the water cycle. As the climate warms, these processes are expected to intensify. Credit: Acarapi NASA scientists have studied 17 years […]