[SMEA 550] Chris Sabine, "The changing social climate of global warming and ocean acidification"

Start Date/Time: Monday, February 25, 2013, 3:30 PM
Ending Date/Time: Monday, February 25, 2013, 4:30 PM
Location: FSH 102

Speaker: Dr. Christopher Sabine (Director, NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory)
Topic: "The changing social climate of global warming and ocean acidification"

Reception immediately following in the foyer.

Abstract: As carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere have increased 40% over the last 200 years, the scientific community has been diligently working to predict how the climate will change and what impact the rising CO2 will have on terrestrial and marine systems. Although it has been shown now that the rise in atmospheric CO2 results from human activity and that this increase is driving climate change, society has been reluctant to accept these conclusions. How has the ocean’s role in the global carbon cycle and climate change affected how society perceives these issues? Is it possible that ocean acidification could help change the skepticism? Ocean acidification is a much more straight forward result of rising atmospheric CO2 and will likely have a dramatic impact on societally important marine organisms like fisheries and coral reefs. However, the global nature of the problem and the disconnect between the land CO2 sources and the ocean impacts complicate how people will respond to information about ocean acidification. More integrative studies and consideration of how best to inform society should be considered in future ocean acidification research.

The students in UW’s IGERT on Ocean Change (http://depts.washington.edu/igertpoc) are hosting a seminar series (SMEA 550)this coming Winter quarter 2013. Seminars will be held on Mondays from 3:30-4:30m, in Room 102 of the Fishery Sciences Building (FSH 102). The series will consist of invited speakers who will explore the topic of ocean change from diverse perspectives and is intended to draw faculty and students from across the college and beyond. The full list of speakers and seminar titles is forthcoming; in the meantime, please mark your calendars now.