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Climate Change and Arctic Landscapes: Understanding modern and future changes using lessons from the past

Monday, June 29 2015
Reception/ refreshments 6:30 p.m.
7:00-8:00 p.m. Presentation/ Discussion
Beam Classroom, Kresge Visual Art Center

A team of scientists is looking back in time 12,000 years for clues to how past climate change might improve understanding of modern world transformations.

Warming is occurring at a rapid rate, landscapes are thawing, and ecosystems are poised for dramatic change. Given the vast area of the Arctic, changes to the biosphere have the potential to influence the atmosphere, thereby altering the rate and magnitude of climate change. To understand how modern and future impacts might unfold, this team has used historical archives in peat records across the Arctic to examine how soil carbon storage and emissions might respond to warming

This research was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation. All perspectives expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Project Team

  • David Beilman, Associate Professor of Geography, Univeristy of Hawaii
  • Phil Camill, Rusack Professor of Environmental Studies and Earth and Oceanographic Science, Bowdoin College
  • Zicheng Yu, Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, Lehigh Univeristy