Wyoming students research the climate of Everest
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) – Two schools in Wyoming are working together to fight climate change and their study has taken them to Everest.
More and more experts are saying that water is the new oil. As climate change, drought seasons and large fires make national headlines, the need for climate research increases.
The Central Wyoming College Alpine Institute and the University of Wyoming are working together on a project called Wyoming Anticipating Climate Transitions or WY ACT.
Together with the National Science Foundation and NASA, they study the effects of climate change on glaciers and water science.
“With the increase in temperature, we will have less snow. It’s mostly at mid-altitude and that’s the lion’s share of the water that we have, both for us in the state but also for all the states downstream that we have to supply water to in downstream. So for average Wyomingite, what climate change means is we’re going to have less water,” said Brent Ewers, EPSCoR & Biodiversity Institute director and professor at the University of Wyoming Botany. .
Designing and using high-tech thermometers, this group collects data to study how climate change is reducing our water resources.
“There are huge implications for water availability for people for agriculture, for wildlife and it’s not just a local and regional issue in the state of Wyoming or the Wind Range. River or the Dinwiddie or the Wind River Preserve. It’s global,” said Jacki Klancher, Director of Education and Research, Central WY College, Institute of Alpine Science. ICE Expedition Leader Student Everest.
The Wyoming-led research team was made up of students from the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapahoe tribes, as well as a Kenyan and African-American instructor.
“Our area of focus has been to include underrepresented populations in science, engineering technology and math, developing their skills in travel and nature research in harsh and remote environments,” Klancher said.
The researchers say this study may give us clues about Wyoming’s future and what we can do about it now.
Researchers encourage Wyoming residents to engage in community programs to better understand science and its effects on our environment.
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