Photos and News of recent events and activities

October 2015  Journal Club Launches

CIESS thrives on interdisciplinary frontier research and has launched a Journal Club beginning October 2015. Each Wednesday, the Journal Club will review a journal paper of high scientific significance and identify the strengths and weaknesses of the paper. The purpose of the Journal Club is to review a paper and ask critical questions. Dr. Yang requests that participants read the paper and be prepared to ask/answer the questions raised in the meeting. Please remember that, in this club, we will not focus on the technical details of the paper, rather, we will focus on its scientific value. The specific purposes of the club are as follows:

  1. Learn to review papers of high scientific significance,
  2. Learn to write a paper of high scientific significance,
  3. Enhance our communication skill in discussing science topics,
  4. Be updated about the current progress in science in and out of our field.

October 14, 2015 Journal Club: Spectral evidence for hydrated salts in recurring slope lineae on Mars


May 2014 Student News

Peirong Lin has been awarded $1200 for travel support, as provided by the 7th International Scientific Conference on the Global Water and Energy Cycle (7th GEWEX) in the Netherlands. She will present a poster in July

Alex Resovsky has been awarded $1000 from the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies for his research on the Texas coast. He will be able to conduct field samples on his current project, “Modelling and predicting methane emissions from Texas coastal wetlands,” during this summer.


Dr. Liang Yang gave an invited talk,¬† “Noah-MP: A New Paradigm for Land Surface Modeling,” at the “Workshop on Land Surface Modeling in Support of NWP and Sub-Seasonal Climate Prediction” on December 5-6, 2013, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. For more information, please visit:

December 2013 GMU workshop

Workshop on Land Surface Modeling in Support of NWP and Sub-Seasonal Climate Prediction, December 2013




Dr. Famiglietti


Monday April 29, 2013,¬† Jay Famiglietti, Professor, University of California Irvine, “A Strategy for Accelerating the Development of Hydrological Models: Societal Needs, Observational Requirements and Public Communication”





January 6-8, 2013, AMS conference, Austin, Texas

AMS Reception, UT Austin

AMS Reception, UT Austin

Poster Session, AMS reception

Poster Session, AMS reception






Students at AMS 2013

Students at AMS 2013























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