FYI to the group
MEDIA ADVISORY — TELECONFERENCE: WHAT ARE THE WEATHER-RELATED IMPLICATIONS OF RECORD-LOW ARCTIC SEA ICE LEVELS FOR NORTH AMERICA?
WHAT: The amount of sea ice in the Arctic has just fallen to the lowest level ever recorded, demonstrating the major impact that greenhouse gas pollution is having on the region. The impacts and implications of rising temperatures and melting ice in the Arctic — often referred to as Earth’s natural air conditioner — extend beyond just the Arctic itself. Impacts might be felt in North America, where scientists predict we will see an increase in extreme weather due to the unprecedented ice loss. A panel of scientists will convene to answer your questions about how climate change is altering Arctic sea ice and threatening to bring weather-related impacts and more to the U.S.
WHEN: 10:30 AM EST WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 12
WHERE: This is a WebEx teleconference. Use this link to join. The password is “weather.”
— Dr. Jennifer Francis — Research Professor, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University
— Dr. James Overland — NOAA oceanographer/ Affiliate Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington
— Dr. Peter Wadhams — Professor of Ocean Physics and Head of Polar Ocean Physics Group, University of Cambridge
ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND MATERIAL:
— “Why and How Do Scientists Study Climate Change in the Arctic?” NOAA Arctic Theme Page, Bond, Overland and Soreide.
— “Evidence linking Arctic amplification to extreme weather in mid-latitudes,” Geophysical Research Letters, (39), 2012, Francis and Vavrus.
— “Artic Ice Melt ‘Like Adding 20 Years of CO2 Emissions,’” BBC News.
— “Arctic Sea Ice Reaching Yet Another Record Low; Why it Matters to Minnesota and USA,” Updraft blog, Minnesota Public Radio.
QUESTIONS: Allan Margolin, [log in to unmask], 646-559-5565
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