The Winter 2016 Environmental Monitor. (Credit: Nate Christopher / Fondriest Environmental)
The Winter 2016 print edition of the Environmental Monitor is on the way to subscribers this month. Our quarterly print editions feature the best of the Monitor’s online content and update stories with new graphics.
A series of stories in this issue follows the ever-growing trend of environmental modeling. We take a look at several projects that showcase the fieldwork behind collecting data for models, as well as modeling’s strength as a research tool.
Stories include a look at saltwater intrusion modeling by University of Georgia scientists studying sea level rise; NASA’s work to study the Gulf Coast’s changing wetlands; and a tool in development at Michigan Tech Research Institute to minimize flood and landslide risk after wildfires.
You’ll also read about the Iowa Lakeside Lab, which provides science classes and research opportunities for university students throughout the state. Many of these activities are supported by West Okoboji Lake, the site of a new Global Lakes Ecological Observatory Network buoy.
There’s no missing the edition’s cover story, which dives into the grit of studying the role of nitrogen in freshwater systems through a field visit with Wright State University researchers working along Ohio’s Lower Great Miami River. And keep an eye out for our in-depth infographic on El Niño strengthening in the Pacific Ocean, covering some of its possible effects.
As always, it is our pleasure to bring you the latest on advancements, trends and ongoing projects in the environmental monitoring field. Thanks for reading and make sure to stay tuned as we continue to bring you more exciting stories in the future.