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Friday, October 15, 2010

Webinar: Measuring Melts & Metals : Implications for Marine Ecosystems

Announcing the next webinar in the COSEE-OS "ROLE Model" webinar series:
Measuring Melts & Metals : Implications for Marine Ecosystems

WHEN: October 20 at 7PM Eastern [3PM Alaska, 4PM Pacific, 5PM Mountain, 6PM

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Featuring : Dr. Ben Twining (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences) and
Annette deCharon (COSEE-Ocean Systems)

Think melting icebergs only affect sea level or ocean salinity? Dr. Twining
will discuss his recent research in the Arctic focusing on the role of
icebergs in the ocean's nutrient cycles and carbon uptake as they act as a
source of chemicals (such as iron) that enrich the biological communities
around them - with potential global-scale implications. Using a suite of
technologies (including remotely operated vehicles and planes) Dr. Twining
has been collecting data to reveal what's going on in the ocean - even under
the surface of the ice. The second portion of the presentation will feature
COSEE-OS director Annette deCharon describing different concept mapping
activities that encourage team building, reflection on personal and career
pathways, and exploring diverse individual perspectives.

About the webinars:

What do the carbon cycle, ocean technologies, aerosols, coastal pollutants
and climate change models have in common? You can learn about all of them
from world-class researchers -- and get customizable versions of these
scientists' interactive concept maps -- from the comfort of your living
room! Free and easy to attend, ROLE Model webinars offer direct access to
scientists as well as take-home resources that can be used immediately. All
you'll need in order to participate are a telephone and an Internet

Webinars are held every other Wednesday at 7PM ET/4PM PT. Registering allows
you to contribute your own questions for scientists to answer during the

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