Adam Lewis, assistant professor of geosciences at NDSU, is scheduled to present “Conducting Field Research in Antarctica to Find Evidence for Past Climatic Warmth” Thursday, Nov. 29, at noon in the Memorial Union Meadow Lark room. The talk is the final presentation of the fall 2012 World iView Speaker Series.
Every year since 2008, Lewis has taken NDSU students to Antarctica to conduct research on the climatic history of the frozen continent. The team travels through New Zealand on the way to McMurdo Station, the base of operations for the U.S. Antarctic Program. During a one-week stay at McMurdo, the group organizes scientific equipment, prepares camping gear and packs food in small crates to spend one to three months conducting research from helicopter-supported tent camps. The teams do their work in remote, ice-free mountain ranges, searching for evidence of past climate changes. Specifically, they look for evidence to help understand when and how Antarctica’s climate cooled and when the first ice sheets formed to bring the continent to its permanently frozen state.
World iView is a monthly speaker series sponsored by the NDSU Office of International Programs, in which topics with an international focus are presented to the campus and Fargo-Moorhead communities. For more information on the series, visit www.ndsu.edu/international/programming_volunteering/worldiview.
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