In a collaboration of the US National Science Foundation, the IEEE and the Group on Earth Observations, the NSF-funded Ocean Research Collaboration Network is proud to announce the next webinar in the series “Blue Marvel – Ocean Mysteries” will be “What Ice Sheets Hate” by Dr. Robert Bindschadler, chair of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Initiative.
The webinar will occur on Tuesday April 2, 10:00am EDT (7:00am PDT); registration https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=nlqrawfr9hbe
What Ice Sheets Hate by Dr. Robert Bindschadler, NASA Emeritus Scientist
The great ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica are shrinking faster and faster, increasing the rate of sea level rise. Observations of this accelerating ice loss have surprised the experts and confounded the predictive models that policy makers might rely on to take action. The distant future is easy to forecast—less ice on Earth—one million years of paleoclimate data say so, but more detail is needed. Direct field studies have identified a number of causes for the sudden awakening of the ice sheets. Climate models do not incorporate many of the more rapidly acting processes. All have a common element. Those attending the webinar will learn what that common element is; it will not be revealed in this abstract. The analogue of tidewater glacier retreat casts a disheartening picture on our future that continued ice sheet mass loss may well be irreversible and will affect your life—whether you attend the webinar or not!
NASA Emeritus Scientist Robert Bindschadler has been an active Antarctic field researcher for the past 25 years. He has led 14 field expeditions to Antarctica and has participated in many others. He maintains an active interest in the dynamics of glaciers and ice sheets, primarily on Earth, and applications of remote sensing to ice masses.
He is Immediate Past President of the International Glaciological Society, chairs the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Initiative, sits on both the US and International Planning Groups for the International Polar Year and is an Editor for the Journal of Glaciology.
He has published more than 130 scientific papers and received awards including: Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (2001); Goddard Senior Fellow (2000); the Antarctic Service Medal (1984) and the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (1994).