Life in the Greenhouse World: Lessons from a Rapidly Changing Arctic
Tuesday February 22nd
Room 417 Schermerhorn Hall
Summary: There is broad consensus that anthropogenic forcing has led to significant climate change and that under reasonable scenarios further climate change will occur in the near- and long-term future. Global projections have suggested early on that in the Arctic such changes would be visible early on through amplified signals. Indeed observations conducted in many of the Arctic subsystems are now showing environmental change of unprecedented scope. In this talk the recent observations of change in the Arctic are reviewed and likely future scenarios are discussed. Expected changes in the climate system are placed into the context of interlinked changes in the other domains of the Arctic including the anthrosphere. Known and possible future impacts of the observed changes on the Arctic system itself and on lower latitudes are presented.
Dr. Peter Schlosser is Professor in the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Vinton Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, and an aqueous geochemist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Peter's general research interests include aqueous geochemistry, physical oceanography, climate, and contaminant transport. His research focuses on the application of noble gases and other isotopes to natural systems with emphasis on the oceans and groundwater. His aim is to understand the natural state of these water bodies, the human perturbation of the natural state, and the potential for addressing problems caused by human impact by designing engineering solutions.
Peter received his Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg, Germany.
Future talks are scheduled for Tuesdays from 12:15-1:00pm in Room 417 Schermerhorn Hall. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.
All are welcome to attend!