Earth and Environment

Dr Peter Krzystek – The Future of Forest Mapping

Having good knowledge of forest structures forms the basis for planning and management, and assessing the overall health of a woodland ecosystem. Over the past 15 years, automated remote sensing techniques for monitoring forests have become more widespread, allowing...

Dr Wei-Chau Xie – Shaking Up the Physics of Vibration

Nuclear power plants may be some of the most secure structures in our society, but when subjected to earthquakes, they have the potential to cause major disasters. Dr Wei-Chau Xie of the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, is now developing algorithms for...

The Role of Policies in Managing Scarce Water Resources

Water scarcity and perverse policies may have severe effects on the environment, affecting society both directly and indirectly. A team from the Agrifood Research and Technology Center (CITA), the University of Zaragoza, the International Institute for Applied Systems...

Professor Gerald Reeck – The Molecular World of Aphid Feeding

Professor Gerald Reeck and his team at Kansas State University are investigating the molecular basis of aphid herbivory, including suppression of plant defences, using powerful methods of molecular genetics. This research is important for developing new aphid-pest...

Dr Justyna Widera-Kalinowska – Collaborating for a Cleaner Future

The greatest challenges facing humanity over the next decades involve finding renewable sources of energy and finding ways to restore natural resources such as clean water that have been polluted by industrialisation. Dr Justyna Widera-Kalinowska of Adelphi University...

The Sargasso Sea Commission: Saving the Atlantic Golden Rainforest

The Sargasso Sea contains a unique ecosystem based upon floating seaweed. It is a marine treasure that is threatened by pollution and other human activities. The Sargasso Sea Commission, an international team of researchers and policy makers, is working to preserve...

Professor Vladimir Strezov – Sustaining Industry into the Future

It is becoming increasingly critical to accurately assess our methods for producing energy, so that we can prosper without continuing to damage our planet’s delicate environment. Professor Vladimir Strezov and his team at Macquarie University are uncovering the...

Dr Robert J. Allen – California Hydrology in a Warmer World

­Scientists rely on large-scale computer models to further their understanding of the Earth’s environment, as well as to predict what the climate will be like in the future. Consisting of complex computer code, many of today’s models have actually been in development...

Dr Robert Lempert – Solving Long-Term Wicked Problems

Climate change is one of the most pressing long-term challenges facing humanity and planet Earth. However, scientific uncertainty still leaves the scope of the threat unclear, and the path forward even more so. Now Dr Robert Lempert and his colleagues at RAND...