Last year scientist and technologists explored several new solutions for understanding and responding to the consequences of climate change. Here we look back at five ways that we learned more about the environment in 2018.
1. Students Invent Natural Disaster Relief Capsule
In the Disruptive Design Challenge, students were asked to create a disaster relief capsule that was easy to transport, waterproof, and reusable. Students at North Dakota State College won with their Dazzle Box.
2. Saildrones Conduct Autonomous Research on the High Seas
Scientists are using Saildrone, autonomous, wind and solar-powered vessels to capture data from previously inaccessible areas of the ocean.
3. Seeking Answers to Climate Change in Coral
Researchers at the American Museum of Natural History are collecting data from biological fossils within living coral that give insight into 1,000 years of environmental history. They believe this historical insight will help predict future changes.
4. Can Any Civilization Withstand Planetary Climate Change
Astrobiologists at the University of Rochester have created mathematical models to understand how a technologically advanced population and its planet might develop alongside climate change.
5. Rain, Rain, Go Away: Scientists Might Soon Decide the Weather
Scientists around the world are experimenting with ways to mitigate the effects of climate change by controlling the weather.