Thursday, November 19, 2009
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Announces Winter Evening Lecture Series
Topics include the North Pacific Gyre, ocean observatories and the California Current
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San DiegoDates: Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 8
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
The Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series provides concise, comprehensive presentations on research conducted worldwide by scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Scripps scientists are exploring Earth's mysteries in hundreds of research projects under way on every continent. Learn about science at Scripps and join researchers on their paths to discovery.
Monday, Dec. 14
Scripps researchers retrieved these plastic bottles while investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Let's Talk Trash: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Miriam Goldstein, Pete Davison, and Chelsea Rochman
Scripps graduate researchers
A group of Scripps graduate student researchers recently returned from a 20-day expedition to the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch," a little-studied remote ocean region where plastic debris accumulates. Join Miriam Goldstein, chief scientist on the cruise, and colleagues Pete Davison and Chelsea Rochman as they discuss the garbage patch, why it's there and how they are exploring and analyzing the problem of plastic in the North Pacific Ocean.
Monday, Jan. 11
Ocean Observing: Oceanography in the 21st Century
John Orcutt, Scripps geophysicist
Recent technological advances have brought about a new era in ocean research - one in which an integrated network of ocean observing systems provides researchers with a continuous scientific presence in the ocean. Join John Orcutt as he describes how these observatories will allow researchers, students, politicians and the public to access near-real-time data online, control sensors and autonomous underwater vehicles remotely, view live video and images from the seafloor and collaborate in thousands of virtual laboratories.
Monday, Feb. 8
Climate and the California Current: Taking the Pulse with CalCOFI
Tony Koslow, Scripps oceanographer
Climate has enormous impacts on the marine life off California, influencing its major fisheries and the abundance of krill, seabirds and mammals. Join Tony Koslow as he shows how a 60-year ocean observation program, the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (or CalCOFI) is unraveling the impacts of the El Niño/La Niña cycle, decadal-scale climate cycles and human-induced climate change.
Map of CalCOFI grid stations off the California coast.
Perspectives lectures are intended for a lay audience. Birch Aquarium admission and parking are included. Light refreshments will be served. Past lectures air on UCSD-TV and broadcast to more than 16 million viewers via satellite and cable television. Past lectures also can be found on YouTube. For more information, visit: http://ucsd.tv/oceanscience
About Birch Aquarium at Scripps:
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fish and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and the Caribbean. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Birch Aquarium has an annual attendance of more than 400,000, including 45,000 school children.
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Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at University of California, San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. The National Research Council has ranked Scripps first in faculty quality among oceanography programs nationwide Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today in 65 countries. The institution has a staff of about 1,300, and annual expenditures of approximately $155 million from federal, state and private sources. Scripps operates one of the largest U.S. academic fleets with four oceanographic research ships and one research platform for worldwide exploration.
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