Brenda Ekwurzel

Senior climate scientist

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Brenda Ekwurzel is a senior climate scientist and the director of climate science at UCS. She has expertise on many aspects of climate variability, including the Arctic Ocean and sea ice, wildfires, groundwater, and coastal erosion. She holds a Ph.D. in isotope geochemistry from Columbia University (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory). See Brenda's full bio.

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Hurricane Matthew approaches Florida in this satellite image taken at 1 p.m., October   6. Photo: NASA

Hurricane Matthew Storm Surge: How to Evaluate Its Potential Magnitude and Impacts

The dangers of seawater bursting into neighborhoods can be quite unexpected for those who have never experienced a hurricane of the immense power of Matthew. Read more >

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Coastal Planning Failures: Rising Seas Can Worsen Inequities

The State of the Climate in 2015 assessment, just released by the American Meteorological Society, has confirmed that 2015 clocked in with the highest global sea level for Earth over the satellite record period. Read more >

Figure by Brenda Ekwurzel adapted from data in report by Zillow
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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Thawing Permafrost: Why It Matters

In these recent hot summer days, as my colleague Xinnan Zhu was walking outside exposed to the outdoor temperature of nearly 100°F, she felt like she was going to melt like an ice cube under the sun. Read more >

Photo by Xinnan Zhu
International Permafrost Association, 1998. Circumpolar Active-Layer Permafrost System (CAPS), version 1.0.
Figure created by Xinnan Zhu in July, 2016.
Figure created by Xinnan Zhu from data in IPCC AR5
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Dangerous Heat Wave to Grip the US: Top 10 Lessons to Survive Extreme Heat

The US National Weather Service heat index forecast for June 18, 2016 looks scary.  It indicates a dangerous situation that everyone who lives in the red areas in the map below should take steps to prepare for. I am not kidding. Extreme heat can be life threatening if not taken seriously. Read more >

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An image from the NOAA National Weather Service illustrates an omega block. You can see the high pressure in the central part of the image with the low pressure on either side. The jet stream line traces a shape similar to the Greek letter omega. Photo:

The “Omega Block” – Torrential Rains Linked to Extreme Jet Stream Pattern

Amplified change in the Arctic is so strong I refer to is as the “Arctic tail that wags the global climate.” Read more >

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