Campus as a Laboratory: Late Night Hackathon Digs Into UChicago Energy Data

Campus as a Laboratory: Late Night Hackathon Digs Into UChicago Energy Data

The University of Chicago's newest initiative, Campus as a Lab kicked off on May 20th with a Spring Hackathon, where a packed room in the Saieh Hall for Economics heard about UChicago’s current energy procedures and challenges, then split into small teams and worked with real data on campus buildings.

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GGCMI Crop Simulation Study Enters New Phase

GGCMI Crop Simulation Study Enters New Phase

One of the most important consequences of climate change will be its effect upon global agriculture and food supply. In worst case scenarios, increased temperatures and more frequent droughts will create food scarcity and dramatic shifts in the types of crops different regions of the world can grow. But in order to better prepare for these changes, more nuanced forecasts about climate and agriculture are needed...

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Extreme Weather and Food Shocks

Extreme Weather and Food Shocks

Recent events highlight concerns about the risks to global food security posed by changing patterns of extreme weather affecting the world’s “breadbasket” regions. In 2012, the worst drought to hit the U.S. Midwest in half a century sent international maize and soybean prices to record levels. In 2011, wheat prices nearly doubled after an unprecedented heat wave devastated the Russian harvest. The global food price crisis of 2007-8 had its roots in a run of poor harvests in previous years.

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Computing Cereals in Parallel

Computing Cereals in Parallel

Our planet’s fields and forests, oceans and aquifers, and animals of the land, sea, and sky don’t exist in a vacuum. But too often, environmental and agricultural models treat them as if they do. To truly understand the role climate (and climate change) plays on them, an integrated approach is called for. That’s where the work of Joshua Elliott comes in...

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US-UK Report Warns of Food Insecurity from Extreme Weather

US-UK Report Warns of Food Insecurity from Extreme Weather

A new report from an international scientific task force on extreme weather and global food system resilience warns that more frequent droughts, heatwaves, and floods due to climate change could severely disrupt the world's food supply. The report, co-authored by Joshua Elliott of the Computation Institute's Center for Robust Decision Making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP)...

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DIY Climate Science

DIY Climate Science

Climate change is a global process that affects everyone on Earth. However, until recently, the tools used for climate change research, and the data driving and produced by those studies, was accessible to a small portion of the population. Today, government agencies increasingly make weather and climate data open and available to the public...

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RDCEP Irrigation Project Joins White House Climate Data Initiative

RDCEP Irrigation Project Joins White House Climate Data Initiative

Today, the White House announced the latest branch of its Climate Data Initiative, focusing on new open datasets and tools for two important components of climate change: ecosystem resilience and water. As with a previous call for new climate research resources, scientists from the CI's Center for Robust Decision Making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP) will support these efforts with a new project focused on the role and future of irrigation in agriculture, hydrology, and climate. 

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