The ASP Thompson Lecture Series for 2012 begins with a visit from,
Stephanie Pfirman, Professor of Environmental Science at Barnard College - Columbia University.
Warming Climate models project that much of the Arctic Ocean could be ice-free in summer within a few decades. That is bad news for animals like polar bears and ringed seals, which need year-round ice to survive. But some 200,000 square miles may persist through the end of this century, along the northern coasts of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and Greenland. With year-round, or nearly year-round, ice in this region, it may become a naturally formed refuge for ice-associated species. While some ice in this region forms locally, some is also transported to the area by winds and ocean currents. Both the central Arctic and Siberian shelf seas are likely to be part of the future refuge’s "ice shed." This means that managing the last sea ice area requires both national and international strategies.
When: 3:30 p.m., Thursday 17 May 2012
Where: Mesa Lab Main Seminar Room