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Global Waters - Full Series
1/13 - From Coast to Coast... to Coast: Exploring Your National Marine Sanctuaries The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries serves as the trustee for a network of underwater parks encompassing more than 600,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters from Washington state to the Florida Keys, and from Lake Huron to American Samoa. Join Ellen Brody and Stephanie Gandulla for a virtual tour of these underwater treasures and learn about the work to protect and preserve sanctuaries for this and future generations. As the Great Lakes Regional Coordinator for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Ellen Brody works with Great Lakes communities on new sanctuary designations and nominations, coordinates programs for the national marine sanctuaries, and builds partnerships with other government agencies and organizations. Ellen is currently leading the designation for the proposed Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary. Ellen spent her first nine years with NOAA in Washington, D.C. in the national coastal zone management office, while focusing on the Great Lakes. Ellen works in Ann Arbor, MI at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab. She has a B.S. and M.S. in environmental policy from the University of Michigan. Stephanie Gandulla is a maritime archaeologist and the Research Coordinator for NOAA's Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, based in Alpena, Michigan. She has participated in projects around the world including the Great Lakes, the South Pacific, Sweden, Jamaica, and the Arctic. She holds a B.A in English from Montana State University and an M.A. in Maritime Studies from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Gandulla has published and presented a number of papers on topics ranging from Civil War armament and maritime battle techniques to Swedish maritime material culture and has experience in various archaeological documentation techniques, public interpretation, and cultural resource protection policies. 1/20 - Rivers of Power This talk explores the many ways that humans have used rivers over time, and how we continue to do so today. Since our earliest cities established along the Tigris-Euphrates, Indus, Nile, and Yellow Rivers, anthropogenic use of rivers has changed over time and space. Yet their critical importance persists because they provide five fundamental benefits: access, natural capital, territory, well-being, and power. The manifestations of these benefits have changed, but societal demands for them have not. Professor Smith has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, essays and books about the Arctic, water resources, and satellite remote sensing technologies. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and American Geophysical Union Fellow. His research has been reported by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, BBC, and others, and he was an invited speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos. His general-audience book THE WORLD IN 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future won the Walter P. Kistler Book Award and was a Nature Editor's Pick of 2012. His second book Rivers of Power about rivers and society, was a Geographical best book of 2020. 1/27 - Global Rivers: A New View from Space The world’s rivers are the veins of our continents, moving water, pollutants, cargo and people from the mountains to the sea. However, we know surprisingly little about their characteristics at a global scale—how wide are they? when do they freeze? How much sediment do they carry? Images from satellites can help us answer all of these questions. We will explore how a new era of space-based observations is changing our view of rivers. Tamlin Pavelsky is a professor of global hydrology at UNC Chapel Hill. He received his BA from Middlebury College and PhD from UCLA in Geography. Tamlin is the NASA hydrology lead on the Surface Water and Ocean Topography satellite mission, launching in 2022. He received a 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest U.S. government award for early career researchers. Tamlin grew up outside Fairbanks, Alaska in cabins without electricity or running water. 2/3 - A History of Water Accumulation and Loss in the Great Lakes Dr. Gronewold will provide an overview of the history behind water level monitoring on the Great Lakes, including a perspective on how water accumulates and is lost over multi-decadal, annual, and seasonal time scales. His talk will include a focus on changes in water levels over the past 30 years, with an emphasis on how climate change is altering the components of the hydrologic cycle, and implications for water distribution across the Great Lakes region and North America. Dr. Andrew Gronewold, P.E., is an Associate Professor with the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan. He also holds adjunct faculty appointments in the University of Michigan’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Much of Dr. Gronewold’s current research focuses on monitoring, analyzing, and forecasting the long-term water budget and water levels of the Laurentian Great Lakes. 2/10 - The Coastal Ocean Environment Summer School in Ghana and the Ocean Corps Professor Arbic will describe an oceanography summer school that has been running in Ghana for one week every August since 2015. He will also describe the concept of an “Ocean Corps”, which is inspired by the Peace Corps and aspires to increase global collaborations in ocean science, to the benefit of all nations. Dr. Arbic is a physical oceanographer. He uses computer animations to simulate flows in the ocean and the interactions of the ocean with the atmosphere. He studies tides, internal gravity waves (waves that have a maximum displacement signal well below the sea surface), and mesoscale eddies (the oceanic equivalent of atmospheric weather systems). He is also a former Peace Corps volunteer. He taught secondary level math and physics in Ghana from 1990-1992. 2/17 - Making the Provision of Water Services Efficient and Equitable Public sector water infrastructure in high income countries (HICs) is primarily centralized, where resources serving large segments of a community’s population flow in and out of a single hub. The future, however, requires more flexible and sustainable approaches. This presentation will review the history of water infrastructure, the consequences of that history on the quality of water services, and options for the future both in HICs as well as low and middle income countries. Dr. Nancy G. Love is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University Michigan. Along with her students and collaborators, Dr. Love works at the interface of water quality, infrastructure and public health in both domestic and global settings. Dr. Love emphasizes practical applications and real-world impact with her research and teaching. She is a licensed professional engineer (PE) in the state of Michigan and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE).
Event Type : Thursday Morning Lecture Series      
Category : Series 3 - Global Waters
Date(s) : 01/13/2022 - 02/17/2022
Day of Week : Thursday
Time : 10:00-11:30am
Location : Online
Fee : $35.00
Event Status : COMPLETED