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Lecture: The American Passage to the North Pole: Ice, Oceans, Glaciers & Climates of Nares Strait

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Moulton Union, Main Lounge, Bowdoin College
Bowdoin College
Brunswick, ME 04011
United States

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Andreas Muenchow, associate professor of physical ocean science and engineering at the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, is a sea-going oceanographer interested in how physics of polar and coastal oceans impacts global climate. He will discuss the work he and colleagues did between 2003 through 2012 to understand the physics of water and ice movement in Nares Strait, using icebreakers, remote sensors, computers, and innovative engineering to collect and analyze data on the ice, the water, and the air.

Nares Strait is the narrow passage between Greenland and Canada’s Ellesmere Island. Few people realize that it carries as much water from the Arctic Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean as the much wider Fram Strait between Greenland and the Svalbard Islands to the east. Understanding the dynamics of ice and water transport through this strait is crucial to developing accurate models of current and future Arctic Ice and climate.  Presented by The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center.  Free. Moulton Union, Main Lounge, Bowdoin College.

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