Scientists predict cool new phase of superionic ice (Nature Communications)

by Tien Nguyen, Department of Chemistry Scientists have predicted a new phase of superionic ice, a special form of ice that could exist on Uranus and Neptune, in a theoretical study performed by a team of researchers at Princeton University. “Superionic ice is this in-between state of matter that we can’t really relate to anything … Continue reading Scientists predict cool new phase of superionic ice (Nature Communications)

More rain leads to fewer trees in the African savanna (PNAS)

by Angela Page for the Princeton Environmental Institute In 2011, an influx of remote sensing data from satellites scanning the African savannas revealed a mystery: these rolling grasslands, with their heavy rainfalls and spells of drought, were home to significantly fewer trees than researchers had previously expected given the biome’s high annual precipitation. In fact, … Continue reading More rain leads to fewer trees in the African savanna (PNAS)

Study calculates the speed of ice formation (PNAS)

By Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research Researchers at Princeton University have for the first time directly calculated the rate at which water crystallizes into ice in a realistic computer model of water molecules. The simulations, which were carried out on supercomputers, provide insight into the mechanism by which water transitions from a … Continue reading Study calculates the speed of ice formation (PNAS)

After extreme drought, forests take years to rebuild CO2 storage capacity (Science)

By Joe Rojas-Burke, University of Utah, and Morgan Kelly, Princeton University In the virtual world of climate modeling, forests and other vegetation are assumed to quickly bounce back from extreme drought and resume their integral role in removing carbon dioxide from Earth's atmosphere. Unfortunately, that assumption may be far off the mark, according to a new … Continue reading After extreme drought, forests take years to rebuild CO2 storage capacity (Science)