Building resilient farmlands in the Midwest

Building resilient farmlands in the Midwest
In the Midwest, climate change has battered states with flooding, drought and erosion. Extreme weather events have made for unpredictable crop yields. On top of production challenges, the region faces declining water quality, risks of algae blooms and invasive species. Tank’s research focuses on understanding the impact of agriculture on...

Designing climate-resilient cities in at-risk communities

Designing climate-resilient cities in at-risk communities
In September, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory announced it would lead a multi-institutional team to advance urban climate science with the establishment of an Urban Integrated Field Laboratory in Chicago. The DOE will fund the project with $25 million over five years. The Community Research on Climate...

Confronting a moral hazard along America’s coastlines

Confronting a moral hazard along America’s coastlines
Hurricane Ian’s ravaging of Florida’s southwest coast left more than 125 people dead, thousands of homes destroyed and a monumental path to recovery for the storm’s survivors.  Reported losses to private insurers are expected to reach up to $67 billion — and experts say damages to the market could make...

Study finds high levels of PFAS in school uniforms

Study finds high levels of PFAS in school uniforms
In a study published in Environmental Science and Technology Letters, scientists at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University, the University of Toronto and the Green Science Policy Institute analyzed a variety of children’s textiles. Fluorine was detected in 65 percent of samples tested.

Researchers test drinking water, face masks for PFAS

Researchers test drinking water, face masks for PFAS
Scientists at the University of Notre Dame studying the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in consumer products and textiles have expanded their search for potential sources of PFAS exposure — developing an effective method of testing for PFAS in drinking water and adding face masks to a growing...

Use of PFAS in cosmetics ‘widespread,’ new study finds

Use of PFAS in cosmetics ‘widespread,’ new study finds
Many cosmetics sold in the United States and Canada likely contain high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a potentially toxic class of chemicals linked to a number of serious health conditions, according to new research from the University of Notre Dame.

Jennifer Tank named Hoosier Resilience Hero

Jennifer Tank named Hoosier Resilience Hero
Tank, who also currently serves as the current president of the Society for Freshwater Science, is being recognized for her research that sits at the intersection of freshwater systems and agriculture in the Midwest.

Report: Warmer air, heavier rains will threaten Indiana’s freshwater ecosystems

Report: Warmer air, heavier rains will threaten Indiana’s freshwater ecosystems
Industries such as agriculture, transportation, and recreation all benefit from the health and stability of Indiana’s freshwaters. Now a new report released by the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA) suggests that with warmer temperatures and increases in precipitation, effective management and conservation of the state’s freshwater ecosystems will...

Researchers receive $2.9 Million for 5-year Monsoon Study

Researchers receive $2.9 Million for 5-year Monsoon Study
Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are at the forefront of a five-year study to measure oceanic and atmospheric conditions and flow patterns of monsoons across the Indian Ocean, in particular Bay of Bengal, to help improve predictive models. Current models can predict monsoon weather seven to 10 days out....