Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Announces Summer Evening Lecture Series
Topics include temperature change in the ocean and Earth's magnetic field
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San Diego
Dates: June 14 & July 12
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Explore Earth's mysteries through the Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series, presented monthly at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. From the cosmos to the ocean abyss, join Scripps researchers on their paths to discovery in this acclaimed series. Note: There is no August lecture.
Monday, June 14
Probing Long-term Temperature Change in the Southern Ocean
Temperature measurements show how warm water penetrates the depths to varying degrees over time.
Sarah Gille, Scripps physical oceanographer
The ocean is a critical component of the earth's climate system, storing and transferring heat in ways that are not yet completely understood. Join Scripps Oceanography physical oceanographer Sarah Gille as she describes how she and her colleagues are assessing temperature change in the ocean, exploring mechanisms that might be responsible for observed changes and grappling with the implications of ocean warming for global climate change.
Monday, July 12
Exploring Extremes of Earth's Magnetic Field
Jeff Gee, Scripps geoscientist
The Earth's magnetic field varies on many time scales, waxing and waning in strength, and periodically completely reversing direction. The geologic record of these variations provides important information on the history of our planet. Join Scripps Oceanography geoscientist Jeff Gee for a fascinating glimpse into his fieldwork in paleomagnetism - from autonomous aircraft measurements over the open ocean to exploration of rock exposures in remote regions of Antarctica.
Perspectives lectures are intended for a lay audience. Birch Aquarium admission and parking are included. Light refreshments are available.
Past lectures air on UCSD-TV and broadcast to more than 16 million viewers via satellite and cable television. Archived 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 410,000, 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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