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Climate Change along the Western Antarctic Peninsula

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With support from: Lowell Institute
Date and time
Thursday, September 28, 2017

The western Antarctic Peninsula is experiencing some of the most dramatic climate change on the planet and is a natural laboratory for studying how ocean ecosystems respond to climate. Rapid ocean-atmosphere warming, melting of coastal glaciers, and reductions in seasonal ice cover all echo throughout the marine food web from seawater chemistry, plankton, and krill to top predators, including penguins and marine mammals. Using the wealth of data from the **Palmer Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER)** programs, Dr. Doney will highlight key lessons from field expeditions, autonomous robots, satellite remote sensing, and models regarding changing conditions in the Southern Ocean and Antarctic.

Scott Doney researched oceanography, climate and biogeochemistry, with an emphasis on numerical models, remote sensing, and data analysis. He is interested in how the global carbon cycle and ocean ecology respond to natural and human-driven climate change signals such as ocean warming, sea-ice loss, and ocean acidification due to the invasion of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel burning. Before joining the University of Virginia, Doney was a senior scientist in the Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.He graduated with a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution joint program in 1991 and was a postdoctoral fellow and later a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, before returning to Woods Hole in 2002. He was awarded the James B. Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union in 2000 and was a 2004 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow.