Meet Climate Change Scientists Oct. 6 at U RI Narragansett

Submitted by Sukey Padawer

2005-09-20 17:32:00

(See list of presentations below)
Thursday, October 6, 2005
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
University of Rhode Island, Bay Campus
Coastal Institute Auditorium, Narragansett, RI
Admission: $10.00 includes lunch
5 hrs. Certificate of Participation available
Registration Deadline: Oct 2, 2005. Advance registration required, sign up at:
Questions? Contact:
Sukey Padawer New England Aquarium
phone: 617-973-0255

More details:

“Meet the Scientists” is sponsored by the New England Science Center Collaborative ( with cooperation from Clean Air-Cool Planet ( and the New England Aquarium (

This program is intended for grade 7-12 teachers, informal and museum educators, environmental education and policy organization members, and the university community.

1. Regional Issues and Policies related to Climate Change
Dr. W. Michael Sullivan, Director, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, was appointed to Governor Donald L. Carcieri’s cabinet on April 8, 2005. As Director of Rhode Island’s DEM, Sullivan oversees a broad range of environmental programs, ranging from permitting and enforcement to fish and wildlife, agriculture, forestry, open space preservation, and management of the state's parks and beaches. Dr. Sullivan is a Professor of Plant Sciences at the University of Rhode Island, where he has taught since 1981.

2. Classroom Encounters with Global Climate Change Scientists
Rita Chang, Wellesley High School, Wellesley Massachusetts is an earth science teacher who produced a four-part film series featuring world class scientists meeting ninth graders in a classroom setting to discuss global change. She teamed up with director and film editdor, Alan Fine.

3. Paleoclimatic Evolution of the High Arctic Deduced from Deep-Sea Sediment Cores -- a presentation on long-term climate change in the Arctic
Dr. John Farrell, Associate Dean of, URI Graduate School of Oceanography will present preliminary scientific results from a pioneering expedition to recover the first deep cores of sediment from beneath the drifting sea ice in the Arctic Ocean near the North Pole. These sediments reveal the geological history of climate and ocean change spanning back over 60 million years. Unlike today, the Arctic was once a warm, ice-free, biologically productive basin. The transition from this "greenhouse world" to an "icehouse world" will be discussed, as will the logistics and operations of the expedition.

4. Observations of Ozone using Balloon-borne Instruments
Dr. John Merrill, Former Associate Dean, Professor of Oceanography, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, uses meteorological techniques to study the long-range transport and impacts of materials in the atmosphere. Ozone is a greenhouse gas and also an important secondary pollutant, a widely known indicator of inadvertent environmental change in regard to the Antarctic ozone hole. Ozone vertical profiles made at Narragansett tell us about pollution and natural sources of ozone, and how this relates to the circulation of the atmosphere.

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