In Search of Elusive Warning Signals: Tipping Points in Ecology and Economics

In Search of Elusive Warning Signals: Tipping Points in Ecology and Economics

The University of Chicago's Becker Friedman Institute recently hosted RDCEP's Buz Brock. A former faculty member at UC, Brock is known for applying mathematical principles of chaos theory to study dynamic systems and nonlinearities in economics and econometrics. In his current role at the UW-Madison, he has been collaborating with others to study variations in the ecology of lake systems.

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How Climate Change Shifts the Global Food Map

How Climate Change Shifts the Global Food Map

With a worldwide population projected to top nine billion in the next 30 years, the amount of food produced globally will need to double. A new study from researchers at the University of Birmingham, as well as Joshua Elliott and Delphine Deryng of RDCEP, shows that much of the land currently used to grow wheat, maize and rice is vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

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Testing Economics from the Celestial Observatory

Testing Economics from the Celestial Observatory

Economics is a field where theories are easy to create, and very difficult to test. It’s impractical, if not impossible, to run a controlled experiment on a scale large enough to measure the true effect of policy on economies. But a new paper from Computation Institute researchers presents an extraterrestrial solution...

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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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