Climate-change scholar to present a lecture at Augustana


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Posted Online: Jan. 22, 2013, 3:10 pm
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Press release submitted by Augustana College



Rock Island, Ill. – 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.
For more information or to arrange an interview with Dr. Box, please contact Keri Rursch, director of public relations at Augustana, at (309) 794-7721 or kerirursch@augustana.edu.

About Augustana: Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. Augustana is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact learning experience such as study abroad, an internship or research with a professor. Alumni include 140 Academic All-Americans, a Nobel laureate, 12 college presidents and other distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located along one of the world's most important waterways, the Mississippi River, in a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.


















 




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