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Michael Rawlins - University of Massachusetts Amherst. Amherst, MA, US

Michael Rawlins Michael Rawlins

Extension Associate Professor and Associate Director, Climate System Research Center | University of Massachusetts Amherst


Michael Rawlins' research advances understanding of the hydrology and biogeochemistry of arctic environments.

Areas of Expertise (3)

Hydrology of Arctic Environments


Arctic Science


Michael Rawlins comments on the impact of climate change on the earth. Most recently he's appeared in print and video discussing evidence he's found that thawing permafrost in northern Alaska is altering the hydrological system of the Arctic, which disrupts the region’s inhabitants and changes the environment into a source of carbon emission.

As associate director of the Climate System Research Center at UMass, he's also often called on to explain how climate change is affecting life in the Northeast United States.


Video Appearances





Michael Rawlins on WGBY


Education (3)

University of New Hampshire: Ph.D., Earth and Environmental Sciences

University of Delaware: M.S., Geography/Climatology

University of Delaware: B.S., Environmental Science

Press Coverage (3)

Hazy New England Skies Caused By Wildfires In The West Are 'Astounding And Quite Troubling'

WBUR  radio


Michael Rawlins discusses climate changes leading to wildfires in the Western U.S. and causing hazy skies over New England. He says climate impacts, including the five-fold increase in wild fires in the West and a record warm summer in Massachusetts, can be expected to continue given the amount of burning of fossil fuels and the limited mitigation being done.


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Thawing Permafrost Affecting Northern Alaska's Land-to-Ocean River Flows

Sit News  online


"Michael Rawlins, associate professor of geosciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and associate director of its Climate Systems Research Center, says warming is expected to shift the Arctic from a surface water-dominated system to a groundwater-dominated system, with deeper water flow paths through newly thawed soils. 'Our model estimates of permafrost thaw are consistent with the notion that permafrost region ecosystems are shifting from a net sink to a net source of carbon', he says."

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Western Massachusetts experiences 6th warmest July on record



July was a hot month across New England and here in western Massachusetts. According to Michael Rawlins at the Climate Research Center at UMass, Amherst tied with last year for the eighth warmest on record with an average temperature of 74.2 degrees. [VIDEO]

people walking in summer

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