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2nd Annual Mirsky Lecture: "Climate Change: Glaciers, Ice Cores and Options"

Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 4:00pm - 5:03pm
Dr. Lonnie G. Thompson, Ohio State University
Lilly Auditorium IUPUI Library | Lower Level

Dr. Lonnie G. Thompson of Ohio State University will visit campus as the keynote speaker of the 2nd Annual Drs. Arthur and Patricia Mirsky Memorial Lecture.

Lonnie G. Thompson is a Distinguished University Professor in the School of Earth Sciences and a Research Scientist in the Byrd Polar Research Center at The Ohio State University. His research has propelled the field of ice core paleoclimatology out of the Polar Regions to the highest tropical and subtropical ice fields. He and the OSU team have developed light-weight solar powered drilling equipment for acquisition of histories from ice fields in the tropical South American Andes, the Himalayas, and on Kilimanjaro. These paleoclimate histories have advanced our understanding of the coupled nature of the Earth’s climate system. Special emphasis has been placed on the El Niño and monsoon systems that dominate the climate of the tropical Pacific and affect global-scale oceanic and atmospheric circulation patterns. His observations of glacier retreat over the last three decades confirm that glaciers around the world are melting and provide clear evidence that the warming of the last 50 years is now outside the range of climate variability for several millennia, if not longer. He has published over 185 peer-reviewed publications including several in the journal Science, led over 54 field programs, and has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Ocean and Atmospheric Association, and NASA. Lonnie has been recognized with many honors and awards including the National Medal of Science, the Tyler Prize (the World Prize for Environmental Achievement), and the Dan David Prize. In addition, he is an American Geophysical Union Fellow, an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

All alumni, students, faculty/staff, and community leaders are invited to hear from Dr. Thompson and support the earth sciences department. 

3:30pm   Unveiling of Mirsky Memorial at Rock Garden (Corner of Michigan and Blackford)

4:00pm   Reception in Lilly Auditorium Lobby - refreshments will be available

4:30pm   Thompson lecture: Climate Change: Glaciers, Ice Cores and Options"