Norbert Untersteiner Lecture & Discussion Series on the Role of the Ocean in Arctic Sea Ice Retreat, 2013

March 19, 2013


Untersteiner Lecture & Discussion Series, March 2013The University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Natural Science and Mathematics will showcase the role of the ocean in the retreat of Arctic Sea Ice this week. Seminars will be held in the Geophysical Institute Globe Room and Elvey Auditorium. On March 19th and 20th, the Sydney Chapman Chair and the International Arctic Research Center will present an Untersteiner Lecture & Discussion Series. Chapman Chair Dr. Eddy Carmack has organized a series of six speakers to present over two days. 



Tuesday, March 19, GI Globe Room:


9:00: An observational perspective on Arctic sea ice. Don Perovich, Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory


9:30: A modeler's perspective on Arctic sea ice. Elizabeth Hunke, Los Alamos National Laboratory


10:00: Processes affecting ocean heat fluxes to the sea ice. Laurie Padman, Earth and Space Research


11:00: Methodologies for assessing ocean heat fluxes from the ocean to the  ice. Peter Winsor. University of  Alaska


11:30: Atmospheric fluxes to the ocean and sea ice. Ola Persson, University of Colorado 


Wednesday, March 20, Elvey Auditorium:


3:30 p.m.: Ron Kwok will give a lecture called "Recent changes in the Arctic sea ice cover: a remote sensing perspective. Kwok, a senior research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, will discuss recent changes in the ice thickness  and drift as observed through satellite images. 



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