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STEM Café - Unlocking the Climate Secrets of Polar Regions
Speaker:
Reed Scherer, Ph.D.
NIU Professor of Geology and Environmental Geosciences

We’re living through climate change that is without precedent not only in human history but in Earth history. The polar regions – Arctic and Antarctic – are experiencing the most dramatic changes, in a process called “polar amplification” of global warming.

Learn more about this process, which is critically important to all of us, with NIU Professor of Geology and Environmental Geosciences Reed Scherer. Scherer will compare current changes with the rates and causes of prehistoric, preindustrial climate change – a field of study called paleoclimatology. He’ll explain why such studies are critical to understanding and forecasting climate futures in order to prevent the most catastrophic effects of climate change.

Join us to learn about the surprising speed with which critical places on Earth are changing – and what we can do about it.

Reed Scherer is a professor of Geology and Environmental Geosciences at Northern Illinois University. His research specialty is the study of microscopic plankton fossils, which he uses to evaluate climate change over time, most notably changes in the Antarctic ice sheet. His field excursions include ten seasons on the Antarctic continent and five shipboard expeditions around the world, including the Arctic, Antarctic and tropical seas.

Feb 17, 2021 06:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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