James J. McCarthy, Professor of Biological Oceanography at Harvard University, will be giving a talk entitled “Changing Sea Ice Conditions and Arctic Marine Ecosystems,” today, Tuesday, September 27.
The shrinking area of Arctic sea ice in summer is one of the most often cited examples of anthropogenic climate change. The areal extent of sea ice at the time of the September minimum has declined by about 1% per year since satellite observations began 35 years ago. Sea ice is very different from lake ice. A brine is created as ice crystallizes, a portion of which remains in channels within the ice and provides habitat for microscopic plankton. These organisms include photosynthetic algae and microscopic animals that feed on the algae, and they then become food for shrimp and fish under and at the edges of the ice. This production is the base of the food web that supports marine mammals and birds that flourish in the Arctic during spring and summer. Climate models project that, with additional warming from greenhouse gases, summer sea ice could vanish in the Arctic my mid-century, with profound implications for many iconic species.
Tuesday, September 27, 4 pm, CAS 132
Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler delivers keynote at Society for Women in Marine Science Symposium
Earth & Environment associate professor Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler will deliver the keynote address at the Society for Women in Marine Science Symposium in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The SWMS seeks to create a community of marine researchers who acknowledge and address the difficulties facing women and minorities in the marine field.
Friday, September 30
Join fellow BU alumni and guests for a daylong immersion into the Department of Earth & Environment for
- Behind-the-scenes tours with faculty and graduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences
- Small-group discussions with BU researchers studying around the globe
- Exclusive access to rooftops labs and a visit to the Center for Remote Sensing
- Presentation on the study of climate change from a variety of perspectives.
Breakfast, lunch, and closing reception included.
For the full schedule, further information about Alumni College, and to register for this exclusive event, visit the BU Alumni Association website.
Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Anne Short Gianotti will be participating in a “Science by the Pint” outreach event tonight, Wednesday April 20th, 2016, as part of the Cambridge Science Festival.
This “Science by the Pint” event is titled “In a Haze: Studying Marijuana.” As part of the event, Short Gianotti will be talking about the challenges of researching and governing the environmental effects of cannabis cultivation.
The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Aeronaut Brewing Company at 14 Tyler St. in Somerville. Click this Science by the Pint link or this Cambridge Science Festival link for more information.
The event description is included below:
In a Haze: Studying Marijuana
Wednesday, April 20, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Aeronaut Brewing Company, 14 Tyler St, Somerville
It’s 4/20, so Harvard’s Science by the Pint is teaming up with the Aeronaut Brewery and the Cambridge Science Festival to learn about the science of marijuana! Our researchers are here to discuss with you the challenges of studying a (mostly) illegal substance, and get into their research on the effects of marijuana on the brain, the environmental issues around growing weed, and how America’s relationship with the drug has evolved. So grab a beer and get talking!
Earth & Environment Professors Bruce Anderson and Anthony Janetos, along with participants from NOAA, the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers, IFC International and the City of Cambridge, led a 2-day training of professional and governmental leaders designed to increase their understanding of climate science and variability, identify their exposure to climate hazards, and help them conduct vulnerability assessments.
Run by the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), these regional trainings are part of a certification process that enables individuals within private, civic, and government organizations to develop strategies for responding to climate-related risks and opportunities, and to build enterprise capacity and leadership to respond to climate change.
This was the inaugural training for the New England CCOs; others have been held in Washington DC, Florida, and California.
To learn more about Prof. Anderson’s work, you can visit his website here.
To learn more about Prof. Janetos’s work, you can visit his website here.
The lecture, “Mapping in the 21st Century: Maps, Apps, Tools & Beyond” is open to the public but registration is required. To learn more about the event and register, visit the event website here.
To learn more about Professor Gopal’s work, check out her profile page.
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra will be in the Kendall Square area tonight to give a talk on “Investigating Urban Carbon Cycles.”
The talk will focus on the role of urban environments in contributing to CO2 emissions and how cities can potential “serve as ‘first responders’ for climate action” (Facebook event page).
The talk begins at 7:00 pm at the Science Cafe at 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge. The talk is free and open to the public though space is limited. You can RSVP for the event here.
The Boston University Initiative on Cities‘s and the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future‘s conference “Sea Level Rise & the Future of Coastal Cities” will feature Earth & Environment Professor Tony Janetos, Professor Nathan Phillips, and Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra.
The conference, held this Thursday and Friday Nov 13-14, will take place in the Metcalf Trustee Center Ballroom and features an extensive agenda on topics related to sea level rise, climate change, and the urban environment.
Professor and Director of the Pardee Center Tony Janetos is organizing the event and will also deliver the keynote address of Friday morning at 9:15 am.
Following Prof. Janetos’s keynote, a panel of scientists will discuss “The Science of Sea Level Rise and Climate Change” which Prof. Nathan Phillips will moderate.
Later in the day Prof. Lucy Hutyra will moderate a panel titled “Innovative Partnerships, Share Missions” that will feature “a multi-discipline panel…discuss[ing] how research institutions, and particularly universities, can collaborate with outside partners such as federal, state and local governments to identify the most fertile technologies and strategies for combating sea level rise and shifting coast lines” (“Agenda“).
The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited; visit the conference’s website to register.