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Climate-change scholar to present a lecture

January  16, 2013

Dr. Jason Box of The Ohio State University will present a lecture on his research of the Greenland ice sheet on Thursday, January 31, at 7 p.m. in the Hanson Hall of Science (726 35th St.), Room 102. The lecture is free and open to the public.

His lecture, “Greenland Ice Climate Sensitivity: From Minutes to Decades in the Anthropocene,” will focus on the Greenland ice sheet’s sensitivity to weather and climate. Dr. Box has been on 23 expeditions to Greenland since 1994, and his time spent camping on the inland ice exceeds one year.

Dr. Box is a research scientist at Byrd Polar Research Center and associate professor of geography at The Ohio State University. As a physical climatologist, he is an authority on Greenland ice and climate and has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles related to Greenland cryosphere-climate interactions.

Dr. Box was a contributing author to “Climate Change 2007,” the definitive report on the science of global warming by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He also was awarded a NASA grant to support the installation and maintenance of Greenland time lapse cameras, in order to measure glacier speed changes, put precise numbers on glacier flow and to study glacier flow sensitivity to climate.

Dr. Box’s visit is sponsored by the Augustana Center for Polar Studies. The center promotes and supports polar research and scholarship at Augustana and in the broader academic community. Established in 2009, the center addresses topics such as polar ecosystems, polar earth history, global warming, atmospheric studies, glaciology and meteorology.

Keri Rursch
Director of Public Relations
(309) 794-7721
kerirursch@augustana.edu