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Mark Bowen Distinguished Speaker Series

Round Table Discussion on Global Warming, Wednesday, March14 at 1:00pm -76-1275.

Mark Bowen is a climber, writer, and photographer with a doctorate in physics. His experiences rock climbing, ice climbing, and mountaineering on five continents led to his first magazine articles in Climbing and Natural History.
Thin Ice is his first book.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Thursday, March 15, 2007 4:00pm - 08-A300, College of Science

Thin Ice: Climate Change from the Mountains to the Seas
Reception and Book signing to follow. This event will be video taped
In a career that has spanned more than three decades, climatologist Lonnie Thompson has pioneered the science and the art of ice core drilling on very high mountain glaciers. His techniques have always been public knowledge, yet he remains essentially the only practitioner of this unusual art.

In reporting for his book, Thin Ice, author Mark Bowen joined Thompson on three expeditions to the high mountains of South America and Africa. He will tell some of the stories from those expeditions as well as one or two others from the more than forty major expeditions that Thompson has undertaken over the years. He will also present vivid evidence of the dramatic changes that Thompson and others have observed in the mountain environment as a result of anthropogenic, that is, human-induced, global warming. He will discuss Thompson’s science as it pertains to so-called “dangerous anthropogenic interference”: the amount of warming that would lead to dangerous consequences for society. This discussion has focused on the potential collapse of the polar ice sheets, which would lead to a significant rise in sea level.

One of the leading voices in that discussion has been NASA climatologist James Hansen, with whom Bowen is presently at work on a second book. The Bush administration attempted to censor Hansen about a year ago. Bowen will touch briefly upon the politics of climate and the latest news, as well as Hansen’s surprisingly optimistic view of future possibilities.


Interpreting services available upon request subject to availability.
Please submit request at: https://www.ntid.rit.edu/AccessServices/