New results and findings by Environmental Sciences Initiative researchers and affiliates over Fall 2016

CUNY ASRC Environmental Sciences Initiative (ESI) researchers and affiliates were featured in a number of publications that came out over Fall 2016!

A few highlights include:

ESI Director Charles Vörösmarty served as one of the authors of the latest Arctic Report Card for 2016, which considers a range of environmental observations throughout the Arctic. It highlights and documents the changes that continue to occur in, and among, the physical and biological components of the Arctic environmental system:

  • Richter-Menge, J., J. E. Overland, and J. T. Mathis, editors (2016). Arctic Report Card 2016,

Vörösmarty and Senior Research Associate Vanesa Rodríguez Osuna also were co-authors of a recent publication describing the roles that the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals play in water availability and use:

  • Bhaduri, A., J. Bogardi, A. Siddiqi, H. Voigt, C. Vörösmarty, C. Pahl-Wostl, S.E. Bunn, P. Shrivastava, R. Lawford, S. Foster, H. Kremer, F.G. Renaud, A. Bruns, and V.R. Osuna (2016). Achieving Sustainable Development Goals from a water perspective. Frontiers in Environmental Science. DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2016.00064.

Balázs Fekete, an ESI Affiliate and Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at The City College of New York, was a co-author of a Nature Communications article describing the development of a new standardized metric to assess the cumulative impact of human activity on the terrestrial environment over the period of 1993-2009:

Fekete also was lead author on a publication assessing the current state of Global Circulation Models:

Further, Fekete and ESI Associate Director Anthony Cak were authors of a paper modeling the energy costs to deliver water and heat to and within New York City:

Cak also was a co-author of a recent ethnography exploring the different approaches to using and interpreting participatory sketch maps and classified satellite imagery by farmers and scientists:

Finally, Michael Piasecki, an ESI Affiliate and Associate Professor for Water Resources at The City College of New York, and his PhD student Paul Celicourt were co-authors of two publications highlighting the use of sensors (including wireless devices) for hydrological monitoring:

For more information, please contact:
Anthony Cak, Associate Director, Environmental Sciences Initiative
CUNY Advanced Science Research Center
85 Saint Nicholas Terrace
New York, NY 10031
Phone number: 212.413.3141