UNH Research Digest ‒ April 2014

UNH Research Digest ‒ April 2014

Jun 30, 2014
UNH Research Digest - April 2014

The UNH Research Digest collects research news stories from across the University and provides brief summaries that showcase the breadth and depth of our research, scholarly activity, and artistic endeavors.

Preview a few of April’s stories below. Find the rest of the April Digest articles at the UNH Research Office web site: http://www.unh.edu/research/unh-research-digest.

UNH Tapped to Help White House Task Force End Campus Sexual Assault

Prevention Innovations logo

UNH’s Prevention Innovations, a collaborative team of researchers and practitioners who develop programs and approaches to end violence against women, has been asked to do further research for Not Alone: The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. Sharyn Potter, associate professor of sociology and co-director of Prevention Innovations, will lead the research for the White House Task Force. “The specific research will look at how presenting the same information using different delivery methods (online, in a class, via the web, in residence halls, etc.) impacts what students remember and how they use the information over time,” Potter said.




Touchdown in the Ozone

Barry Rock, professor emeritus of natural resources in the Earth Systems Research Center in the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, and founder of UNH’s Forest Watch program, has found that 20 year’s worth of data collected by K-12 students and their teachers mirrors conclusions drawn by state officials. While the Forest Watch analysis had shown that tree vigor is tied to improved air quality, it wasn’t until he examined ozone, or smog, records from the NH Department of Environmental Services Air Resources Division that Rock discovered that the pattern of steadily declining ozone levels since 1991 fits the year-to-year improvements in white pine health documented by Forest Watch. Rock noted: “Here's a great example of federal and state regulations…having a dramatic, positive impact on air quality and white pine health.”


Forest Watch student observations

Forest Watch student observations.

Credit: Martha Carlson, UNH Forest Watch








UNH Updates Coastal Flood Hazard Maps for NH Communities

As part of the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) nationwide program to update coastal flood hazard maps, coastal New Hampshire communities in Strafford and Rockingham counties have received updated preliminary flood hazard maps created with data from UNH. The maps are the result of a long-term study led by the N.H. Geographically Referenced Analysis and Information Transfer System (GRANIT). The new maps use the latest state-of-the-art technologies to inform citizens about flooding risks in their local communities. Fay Rubin, GRANIT director and project director in the Earth Systems Research Center in the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, said: “We now have topographical data that provides for a very accurate representation of the landscape.” NH GRANIT is a collaborative effort between UNH and the NH Office of Energy and Planning to create, maintain, and make available a statewide geographic database serving the information needs of state, regional, and local decision-makers.




Extract from draft, updated floodplain map in Rye Harbor, NHExtract from draft, updated floodplain map in Rye Harbor, NH

Credit: New Hampshire Geographically Referenced Analysis and Information Transfer System (NH GRANIT)













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