"What Ice Sheets Hate, and Why You Should Care"

Transition Fidalgo and Friends presents:

Thawing permafrost, thinning sea ice and retreating glaciers all signal changes that have become the “new normal” for the colder parts of our planet. These changes continue to affect the daily lives of arctic residents but now that the large ice sheets have also begun to lose ice rapidly, billions more people are being impacted along coasts throughout the world as sea level rises faster and faster. Observations of this accelerating ice loss have surprised the experts and confounded the predictive models that decision makers might rely on to take action.  The distant future is easy to forecast—less ice on Earth—one million years of paleoclimate data say so, but more detail is needed.  Direct field studies have identified a number of causes for the sudden awakening of the ice sheets.  Yet all have a common element, which will be explained in the lecture, and demonstrated by the audience.  It’ll be fun, educational and the facts will affect your life—whether you attend the lecture or not!
Dr. Robert Bindschadler’s career spanned over 30 years at NASA where he retired in 2010 as the Chief Scientist of NASA’s Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory and a Senior Fellow of the Goddard Space Flight Center.  A Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, he remains active in public lecturing and in developing more effective means of communicating scientific understanding.  He has led major multi-institutional and international research projects, most recently a major ice-sheet modeling study for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. During his distinguished NASA career, he developed numerous unique applications of remote sensing data for glaciological research.  His extensive field experience includes leading 18 Antarctic field expeditions to study dynamics of the West Antarctic ice sheet and has both a major West Antarctic ice stream and East Antarctic glacier named to honor his scientific accomplishments.  He has testified before Congress, briefed the U.S. Vice President, and published over 160 scientific papers, including numerous review articles.

Tuesday, September 25, 6:30 to 8 pm (in time to catch the boat back home) at the Anacortes Senior Center. Everyone welcome.

06:30 PM


Anacortes Senior Center
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