Michael Rawlins, geosciences

Extension assistant professor of geosciences and manager of the Climate System Research Center

Phone: (o) 413/545-0659

Email: rawlins@geo.umass.edu

Michael Rawlins’ research focuses on climate process and the controls on terrestrial water and carbon cycles. Most recently, he has investigated recent and potential future change in the Arctic’s freshwater cycle and its connections with warming across the region, work that suggests the Arctic’s freshwater cycle is accelerating or intensifying, consistent with global climate model projections.

Rawlins also studies how warming impacts climate processes in permafrost regions, and the associated cycling of carbon between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere. He uses model projections of potential future climate changes across the Northeast U.S. to understand likely impacts and to inform decision-makers and managers of forests and agriculture, coastal and marine resources, human health and a host of other important ecosystem services.