Harford County Science Cafe

Science Cafe - Should you be concerned about Antarctic glaciers melting?

10/08/2013 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Abingdon Public Library

TOPIC Should you be concerned about Antarctic glaciers melting?  

Greenland and West Antarctica both hold ice volumes that are more than several meters of sea level equivalent and parts of both have thinned dramatically in recent decades.

PRESENTER Christopher Shuman, Ph.D., a glaciologist and climate change researcher at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (http://jcet.umbc.edu) works at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory. He has many first-hand research experiences beginning in Greenland in 1992, which include using ice cores to determine historic climate patterns. Dr. Shuman has been to both Greenland and Antarctica more than a dozen times and worked with NASA’s Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite (now ICESat-1). This orbiting laser altimeter took accurate repeat measurements of ice elevations from 2003 to 2009.

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