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The Nooksack River is under enormous strain, as development brings its ecosystems to the brink of collapse and climate change chokes summer water supply by reducing the region’s annual snowpack.

Recent research shows there is another party that should very likely be held partially…

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Perseverance rover landing on Mars, and it has been quite a year of discovery. Western Today caught up with Associate Professor of Planetary Science Melissa Rice, who worked the Martian night shift to guide and monitor the rover during its first two…

Just a few weeks ago, a submarine volcano identifiable by two small uninhabitable islands in the Kingdom of Tonga began to erupt. Its outburst initially seemed innocuous, with ashen plumes and moderate explosions that few people living outside the archipelago noticed.

But in the past 24…

Western’s faculty and students are engaged in exciting research and scholarship across a variety of fields. Each week, Western Today will share short summaries of the latest developments in scholarly work at the University. Interested in reading in-depth stories about science and research at…

Western’s faculty and students are engaged in exciting research and scholarship across a variety of fields. Each week, Western Today will share short summaries of the latest developments in scholarly work at the University. Interested in reading in-depth stories about science and research at…

For the next few weeks, Mars and Earth are on "in conjunction" - on opposite sides of the sun, meaning that the work being done by the Mars rover Perseverance, and all the scientists who monitor its daily work including Western's Melissa Rice - are finally getting their first real break since…

In the short time since NASA’s Perseverance rover landed in Mars’ Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021, it’s already made history.

At the moment, Mars and the Earth are on opposite sides of the Sun, and the two planets cannot communicate with each other. After working nonstop for the past 216…

Bob Mitchell, a professor of hydrogeology at Western Washington University, said that if the planet’s warming trend continues, Mount Baker’s glaciers will keep retreating and the Nooksack could become fed by rainfall, rather than by glacial melt.

“We’re predicting that the snowline will…

Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, a seismologist at Western Washington University, explained it this way in a series of Twitter posts:

“Location algorithms can sometimes yield an incorrect location, though. This is because they are somewhat tuned to what they expect to record. For example, a…

Perhaps monitoring from space will become the best way to see future phreatic eruptions coming. But so far, no successful long-term forecast of a phreatic eruption has taken place. “Phreatic eruptions are terrifying,” said …

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