How can we relate computer models to the real world?

This week’s blog is coming from Lucy Gelb, an M.S. student in the LEAF lab. You can read about her research here.

Scientist Jill Pelto creates art based on graphs of climate change. This painting has data on sea level and temperature rise and glacier loss.

In the news, we often hear about dire climate projections for the future. Scary red lines go up exponentially, but they often have seemingly misleading y-axes. “Will two degrees really make that much of a difference?” you find yourself wondering. “Should I care about a foot of sea level rise if I live in a landlocked state 2000 feet above sea level?” Of course, the answer is yes and yes, but relating those changes back to your own environment is not always clear. In this post, I will use my research as a case study to bridge this disconnect between climate models and the ecosystems we see in our daily lives here in Idaho.Read More »


Challenge Your Disciplinary Perspectives

Disciplinary Silos

This week’s blog is coming from Megan Maksimowicz, an M.S. student in the LEAF lab. You can read about her research here.

Coming from an undergraduate degree in Atmospheric Science and moving to a Master’s degree in Hydrology, it’s been interesting seeing the different approaches to studying the water cycle. It got me thinking about the lines between disciplines and what that means for science. While each discipline focuses on similar topics, they have different histories.  This leads to a formation of disciplinary silos, where information is contained within one group and does not cross boundaries. And while each discipline attacks the hydrologic cycle from a different angle, nature doesn’t feel the need to conform to these boundaries.Read More »