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Overhead photo from a helicopter of the Waimakariri River.

Measuring Water from Space

A new NASA satellite is recording the first global survey of Earth’s water cycle with unprecedented accuracy — and Tamlin Pavelsky is verifying its data from North Carolina to New Zealand.


Clark Gray stands in front of two large maps colored orange.

Data Displaced

When natural hazards destroy homes and livelihoods, where do people go? Geographer Clark Gray searches for them using data.


Kathleen Mullan Harris sits at her desk with her computer screens in the background.

Researchers receive $25.3 million to study potential risks for Alzheimer’s disease

UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke scholars have received a five-year, $25.3 million National Institute of Aging (NIA) award to address gaps in our understanding of potential risks for Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease- related dementias (AD/ADRD).


Ruitian Yan stands outside near the water.

Environmental scientist looks at climate from all angles

Incoming doctoral student Ruitian Yan wants to help vulnerable communities safely manage their risks, including financial.


Horsepen Lake with trees in the distance.

Engaging communities in Carolina research

The Center for Public Engagement with Science gets North Carolinians involved in UNC-Chapel Hill research — including a unique project with NASA that educates volunteers about lakes in their own communities. Tamlin Pavelsky in the College is involved in one of the projects.


A black and white photo of György “Hínár” Schrader Polczer standing in a place surrounded by tall trees and branches. He smiles at the camera.

Rooted: György “Hínár” Schrader Polczer, 22 years in the department of biology

György “Hínár” Schrader Polczer has worked for UNC-Chapel Hill for 22 years as a technology support analyst for the Department of Biology within the UNC College of Arts and Sciences.


Study: Sea level rise shifts habitat for endangered Florida Keys species

A new study describes the response to sea level rise by an endangered species only found in the Florida Keys. Paul Taillie, the lead author, completed the study as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Florida and is now an assistant professor of geography at UNC.