News Archive

12/1/17

Mount Agung in Bali has been thrusting ash thousands of feet into the sky for almost two weeks. Lava is burbling at the volcano’s peak. Indonesian authorities have ordered evacuations around Agung, while tourists are stranded at the closed airport. The volcano’s flanks are bulging from magma trying to push its way out, and earthquake frequency has been increasing. Heat from the magma has melted snow and ice at Agung’s summit, causing volcanic mudflows called lahars. It’s looking like an eruption is imminent. But how do volcanologists know for sure what’s to come?

11/20/17

Professor Howard Lasker will journey to the Caribbean island of St. John this month to study the impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria on coral reefs in the region.

11/20/17

The department would like to welcome Kristin Poinar, a NASA climate scientist whose study on giant cracks in the Greenland Ice Sheet made headlines worldwide in early 2017.

11/20/17

Underground stockpiles of water — housed in layers of porous rock called aquifers — are one of the world’s most important sources of drinking water.

11/20/17

Among other presenters, UB Geologist Jason Briner led an NSF workshop entitled: "How Stable is the Greenland Ice Sheet?"

11/20/17

Fishermen, boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts text data on river levels and temperature to scientists. Then, the project team feeds this and other information into a computer model that generates a 7-day forecast of water conditions.