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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture Civil and Environmental Engineering News – Fall 2015

Researcher wins Fulbright chair to study Arctic change

Von P. Walden is expanding international collaboration on research into thinning sea ice as the 2015 U.S. Fulbright Arctic Chair in Norway. Walden, a professor in Voiland College’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is spending four months at the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) in Tromsø, a small city north of the Arctic Circle, and is collaborating with colleagues throughout the country.

The Arctic has experienced some of the greatest effects of a changing climate, including dramatic reductions in sea ice. Walden has collaborated with NPI for a year to understand sea ice formation in the Arctic Ocean. Institute scientists have been conducting experiments aboard a ship frozen in the ice since January.

Walden is a member of WSU’s Laboratory for Atmospheric Research and joined the Arctic ship in May to make measurements of the atmosphere. The award, among the most prestigious Fulbright appointments, allows him to analyze data and improve atmospheric modeling in the Arctic as part of the ongoing collaboration.

Below: Researchers make atmospheric measurements as part of the Norwegian Young sea ICE experiment (N-ICE2015).

Researchers make atmospheric measurements as part of the Norwegian Young sea ICE experiment (N-ICE2015).

Researchers make atmospheric measurements as part of the Norwegian Young sea ICE experiment (N-ICE2015).