Special Meeting Events

AGU – Sverdrup Award Lecture

Tuesday, 4 March 2008, 13:00, Room W110

In 1951, Harald Ulrik Sverdrup received AGUs highest honor, the William Bowie Medal. Sverdrup was an honest, unassuming, pious, hard-working, humorous, and humane investigator of the atmosphere and the oceans as evident through his research, teaching, and public service.  His lasting reputation and the continued influence of his publications attest to his success.

We congratulate this year’s winner:

Victoria Fabry, California State University, San Marco

Ocean Acidification: Humankind’s Global Geochemical Experiment with Uncertain Ecological Consequences

Abstract: Oceanic uptake of anthropogenic CO2 is altering the seawater chemistry and can have significant impacts on marine biota and ecological processes. The average pH of surface oceans has dropped by 0.1 units since the industrial revolution and, if carbon dioxide emissions continue unabated, will drop another 0.2 to 0.4 units by 2100. Elevated pCO2 is driving the shoaling of the CaCO3 saturation horizon in many regions, particularly in high latitudes and areas that intersect with pronounced hypoxic zones. As the seawater chemistry changes, many calcifying organisms will be adversely impacted, which could lead to decreased biodiversity and cascading effects through marine systems. Few data on the consequences of ocean acidification are available for many organisms, processes other than calcification, and for coastal regions, which generally are not well-represented in global models. The small number of studies at climate-relevant pCO2 values presently provides poor predictive ability to quantify future impacts to food webs and other ecosystem processes. Suggestions for future research will be presented, based on regions, taxa, and processes believed to be most vulnerable to ocean acidification over seasonal to centennial timescales.

Special Evening Science Communication Forum, "Does Science Really Matter?"

Wednesday, 5 March 2008, 20:00-22:00, Chapin Theater

Environmental Outreach Description (PDF, 237k)

Evening Discussion with Hollywood Filmmaker, Randy Olson, "True Confessions: I am an Impaired Mass Communicator"

Thursday, 6 March 2008, 20:00-22:00, Room W109B

True Confessions Description (PDF, 548k)

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