Greenland’s Shrinking Ice Sheet: Images, Measurements, and Implications

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Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008
2325 Rayburn House Office Building

Introductory Remarks

Barclay Satterfield
Science Policy Fellow
ACS Office of Public Affairs

Summary

Many of the consequences of climate change, such as warmer winters and shifting rainfall patterns, are becoming increasingly apparent here in the United States, but it is in remote reaches of the planet that some of the most rapid and potentially catastrophic changes are occurring. Millions of cubic kilometers of water are locked up in Greenland’s ice sheet, and the data indicate that it is melting at an unexpectedly rapid rate. Substantial melting of Greenland’s glaciers would cause significant sea level rise, affecting the cities and populations that are concentrated near the coast. This briefing highlighted efforts

to study changes in the Greenland ice sheet, capture both its beauty and demise, and explored the consequences for U.S. citizens as well as people around the globe.

Sponsors

American Chemical Society’s Science & the Congress Project, and the National Science Foundation

Featured Speakers

Dr. Brendan Kelly
Program Director for Arctic Biology
Office of Polar Programs
National Science Foundation
Associate Vice President for Research
University of Alaska, moderating
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James Balog
Founder and Director
Extreme Ice Survey
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Dr. Robert Bindschadler
Chief Scientist
Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory
NASA
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Dr. Konrad Steffen
Director
Cooperative Institute for Research in
Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
University of Colorado, Boulder
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James Neumann
Principal
Industrial Economics, Incorporated
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