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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Arctic Breaks Many Records – Arctic Report Card 2016

Since 2006, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued an annual peer-reviewed assessment of the Arctic. The tenth assessment was released on December 13, 2016.  Arctic Report Card 2016 is remarkable for two reasons.

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Table created by Brenda Ekwurzel based on findings in Arctic Report Card 2016
Arctic Report Card 2016 Fig 4.3
Arctic Report Card 2016 Figure 12.1
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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 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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