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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Engineering student investigates global climate change at NASA

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Courtesy of URI College of Engineering

Climate change threatens everything from the safety of coastal communities to the purity of the air we breathe. To better understand this phenomenon, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration operates an extensive environmental program. Playing a key role in the program are paid interns like University of Rhode Island student Emily Serman (í14).

The civil and environmental engineering student spent four summers interning at NASAís Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, a hub for the agencyís weather-related research. The first year, she analyzed phytoplankton. During the next three summers, she served on a team studying the behavior of ozone, which protects the Earth from the sunís rays but can also cause disruptive temperature changesÖ

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