Monthly Archives: September 2014

Tami Bond wins MacArthur Fellowship

Dr. Tami Bond recently won a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship award for her work on the global effects of black carbon on health and climate. She earned an interdisciplinary PhD from University of Washington Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Atmospheric Sciences in 2000.

Dr. Tim Larson, CEE professor and Bond’s lead advisor, described her as an exceptional student. “She did it with a big smile on her face,” Larson said of her time at the University of Washington, “and her students loved her.”

Credit: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Credit: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Black carbon is the second largest climate warmer next to carbon dioxide, and yet challenges have traditionally faced researchers in incorporating black carbon as a factor in climate models. Bond has undertaken creating a global framework, including how observations of black carbon emissions are made, how inventories are quantified, and developed measurements to determine how much light is absorbed.

The MacArthur Foundation explains Bond’s contributions:

“By compiling these new analyses with those of other atmospheric scientists globally, Bond has provided the most comprehensive synthesis of the impact of black carbon on climate to date, indicating that global black carbon emissions are one of the most important contributions to anthropogenic (or man-made) climate change.”

Learn more and watch a video about Tami Bond here

PEER grant to support research in adaptation to sea-level rise in Bangladesh

Faisal Hossain, CEE associate professor, received a PEER (Partnership for Enhanced Engagement in Research) award to support research activities that will develop natural and social science frameworks to promote the adaptation to sea-level rise and related coastal hazards in coastal Bangladesh. Sea-level rise, changes in land-surface topography, and changes in the frequency of storms contribute to increasing vulnerability to coastal regions. This is especially true in Bangladesh, a low-lying coastal nation with a high population density that is also prone to hazards including monsoonal flooding, saltwater intrusion, erosion, and drinking water hazards.

Managed by the National Academies with funding provided by USAID to non-US researchers to match the NSF support for US researchers, the grant will enable researchers to quantify the causes of sea-level rise and land movement as well as the human interactions that govern coastal vulnerability in Bangladesh. An earth system analysis and prediction system will be constructed to promote the adaptation to and mitigation of these detrimental hazards. Using a range of satellite and ground instrumentation as well as socio-economic tools, this project will integrate improved sea-level rise predictions with land subsidence.

This project will contribute an analysis and prediction framework to improve the coastal resilience of Bangladesh. The integrated development of a natural and social science framework will provide a novel decision support tool for the adaptation of sea-level rise that is transportable to other coastal regions of the world.