Annual Lecture Series 2008

June 9-13, 2008

Monday, June 9, 3:30 p.m.
Realizing the Vision for Open Ocean Aquaculture
Richard Langan, Director, Atlantic Marine Aquaculture Center, University of New Hampshire
As wild fish stocks decline, seafood will come increasingly from cultivation, but land-based and nearshore aquaculture face economic and environmental constraints. The potential for farming ocean waters, although formidable, must be explored. Langan, scientist and former fisherman, will discuss international efforts to realize offshore aquaculture. (Summary – Bio)
Tuesday, June 10, 3:30 p.m.
Hurricane Intensity: Warming Up the Debate
Tom Knutson, Research Meteorologist, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Human influences on the global climate have lead to warmer oceans. Because hurricanes gain strength from warmer water, some suggest that global change may increase hurricane winds and rainfall. Knutson will present evidence linking human activity to storm intensity and his predictions for future hurricanes in the Atlantic. (Summary – Bio)
Wednesday, June 11, 3:30 p.m.
U.S. Climate Policy and Politics Update
Vicki Arroyo, Director of Policy Analysis, Pew Center on Global Climate Change
How does climate science inform national policy? What is Congress doing to address the pressures of global change? Arroyo will explain how emerging science and politics are influencing legislative efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change. (Summary – Bio)
Slow Fuse: Reporting the Global Freshwater Crisis
J. Carl Ganter, Journalist and Co-Founder, Circle of Blue
Water is emerging as one of the big stories of the century, influencing everything from economics to health, security, and the environment. Water scarcity and quality affect developed and developing countries alike. Ganter will explore the crucial roles of journalism and science in reporting and responding to the global freshwater crisis. (Summary – Bio)
Friday, June 13, 11 a.m.
Slippery When Wet
Robert Bindschadler, Chief Scientist, Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
The great polar ice sheets are shrinking increasingly faster, escalating the rate of sea level rise, surprising researchers, and confounding policymakers. As the world warms, ice sheets will be forced to change in response to the additional meltwater. Will we? (Summary – Bio)

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