news @ Northeastern – The global water crisis

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The Spring 2014 Myra Kraft Open Classroom seminar will explore the many challenges that water presents for our society, including health, economic and environmental issues.

Faculty Research Round-Up: Brian Helmuth

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When our faculty aren’t busy teaching or conducting research, they’re often publishing or promoting their work. Here’s a look at what Brian Helmuth, Professor of Environmental Science and Public Policy, has been working on this year: Papers October 2013 | Diversity and Distributions Predicting biological invasions in marine habitats through eco-physiological mechanistic models: a case […]

Brian Helmuth explains how ecological forecasting helps triage the impacts of climate change

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Triaging the Train Wreck of Climate Change

Pacific Standard Magazine• September 8, 2009 • By Brian Helmuth •

Biologist Brian Helmuth has observed firsthand the devastation wrought by climate change, but he’s also seen how ecological forecasting can prepare us.

Brian Helmuth Describes Climate Change on a Hyper-Local Scale

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Mon, Apr 08, 2013 | Cognoscenti | by Brian Helmuth, Larry Atkinson & Pablo Suarez

Even if we drastically cut carbon emissions, we still have to face the realities of a changing climate. So, while we have to think about reducing greenhouse gasses, now and in the future, we also have to begin implementing strategies to adapt to this new world of increasingly extreme and, to some extent, unknowable weather and climactic conditions. We need to adapt our cities, our farms and our way of life. We also need to understand how climate change will impact the plants and animals our ecosystems depend on.

Brian Helmuth, Larry Atkinson and Pablo Suarez discuss ways human society is already adapting to climate change, and some of the challenges ahead.

Seminal conference to explore urban coastal sustainability

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By Angela Herring | Northeastern News | February 5, 2013

The majority of the world’s cities lie on a shore­line, and by 2020, two-​​thirds of all Amer­i­cans are expected to reside in coastal cities. From San Fran­cisco to Boston to Hong Kong, humans are living in ever-​​closer quar­ters with the marine species that set up shop here eons ago.

“We need to under­stand the inter­face between the human and nat­ural envi­ron­ment and deter­mine ways to solve prob­lems for both,” said Brian Hel­muth, a North­eastern pro­fessor of public policy and envi­ron­mental sci­ence.

To address those issues, Hel­muth and Geoff Trussell, chair of the Depart­ment of Marine and Envi­ron­mental Sci­ences and director of the Marine Sci­ence Center, are orga­nizing the Sus­taining Coastal Cities Con­fer­ence. The con­fer­ence will be hosted by the Col­lege of Sci­ence this spring and is the first of its kind, focusing on key issues in urban coastal sustainability. Read More

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