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UT Austin to Lead $58 Million Effort to Study Potential New Energy Source

UT Austin to Lead $58 Million Effort to Study Potential New Energy Source

A research team led by The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded approximately $58 million to analyze deposits of frozen methane under the Gulf of Mexico that hold enormous potential to increase the world’s energy supply.

2010 Chilean Earthquake Causes Icequakes in Antarctica

2010 Chilean Earthquake Causes Icequakes in Antarctica

Seismic events are not rare occurrences on Antarctica, where sections of the frozen desert can experience hundreds of micro-earthquakes an hour because of ice deformation. Some scientists call them icequakes. But shortly after an 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile on Feb. 27, 2010, the ice sheets in Antarctica vibrated more than usual.

Post-Sandy Survey Shows a Polluted but Generally Intact Barrier System off Long Island

Post-Sandy Survey Shows a Polluted but Generally Intact Barrier System off Long Island

As coastal communities continue to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, scientists at this week’s annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union offer some encouraging news: The storm did not seriously damage the offshore barrier system that controls erosion on Long Island.

Model Suggests Ocean Currents Shape Europa’s Icy Shell in Ways Critical for Potential Habitats

Model Suggests Ocean Currents Shape Europa’s Icy Shell in Ways Critical for Potential Habitats

In a finding of relevance to the search for life in our solar system, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Geophysics, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research have shown that the subsurface ocean on Jupiter’s moon Europa may have deep currents and circulation…   » Continue Reading

Rainfall in South Pacific Was More Variable Before 20th Century

Rainfall in South Pacific Was More Variable Before 20th Century

AUSTIN, Texas — A new reconstruction of climate in the South Pacific during the past 446 years shows rainfall varied much more dramatically before the start of the 20th century than after. The finding, based on an analysis of a cave formation called a stalagmite from the island nation of Vanuatu, could force climate modelers to adjust…   » Continue Reading

Coastal Antarctic Permafrost Melting Faster Than Expected

Coastal Antarctic Permafrost Melting Faster Than Expected

For the first time, scientists have documented an acceleration in the melt rate of permafrost, or ground ice, in a section of Antarctica where the ice had been considered stable. The melt rates are comparable with the Arctic, where accelerated melting of permafrost has become a regularly recurring phenomenon, and the change could offer a…   » Continue Reading

Scientists Image Vast Subglacial Water System Underpinning West Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier

Scientists Image Vast Subglacial Water System Underpinning West Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier

In a development that will help predict potential sea level rise from the Antarctic ice sheet, scientists from The University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Geophysics have used an innovation in radar analysis to accurately image the vast subglacial water system under West Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier. They have detected a swamp-like canal system beneath…   » Continue Reading

Scientists Launch Ocean Expedition to Study Climate Change and Mountain Building in Gulf of Alaska

Scientists Launch Ocean Expedition to Study Climate Change and Mountain Building in Gulf of Alaska

An international team of 34 scientists sets sail today aboard the scientific ocean drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution to collect sediments in the Gulf of Alaska and investigate the interactions between long-term global climate change and the simultaneous growth of mountain belts. The team is co-led by Sean Gulick, research associate professor at The University of…   » Continue Reading

Experts Available to Discuss Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion

AUSTIN, Texas — A massive explosion at a fertilization plant rocked the small town of West, Texas, late Wednesday night, sending more than 150 people to area hospitals and leaving a yet-unknown number of fatalities. The University of Texas at Austin has a wide variety of experts available with backgrounds ranging from disaster preparedness and…   » Continue Reading

UT Austin Scientists Will Assess Health of New York-Long Island Barrier Protection in Wake of Sandy

UT Austin Scientists Will Assess Health of New York-Long Island Barrier Protection in Wake of Sandy

A rapid response science team from the University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Geophysics will help map the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the beach/barrier systems off the south shore of Long Island.