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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How Important is NASA Research? The World Depends on It—And So Do You

Word has it that the NASA Earth Science program is on the chopping block. Bad decision! Read more >

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“Unstoppable” Destabilization of West Antarctic Ice Sheet: Threshold May Have Been Crossed

Losing all the ice shelves of Antarctica would be like losing each flying buttress that supported a gothic building.  Collapse is the inevitable result.  Read more >

Map Images by NASA; Labels added by Brenda Ekwurzel
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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 >

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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.
NASA GISS data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/maps
Figure created by Xinnan Zhu from data in IPCC AR5
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