Ocean biochemist Dr. Joaquim Goés of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences will lead a discussion about “Shrinking Snowcaps and Rising Tides — Inconvenient Truths about Climate Change” at the Laboratory’s August 19, 2008 Café Scientifique gathering from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at The Opera House on Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor. (8/08/2008)
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Contact: Tatiana Brailovskaya, Director of Communications, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences (207) 633-9633 email@example.com
WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR, ME –Ocean biochemist Dr. Joaquim Goés of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences will lead a discussion about “Shrinking Snowcaps and Rising Tides — Inconvenient Truths about Climate Change” at the Laboratory’s August 19, 2008 Café Scientifique gathering from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at The Opera House on Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor.
Goés will use examples from different parts of the world, including his scientific research expeditions in the Arabian Sea and the Bering Sea, to discuss the myths and realities surrounding global warming; its causes; and its impact on the oceans, climate, and humankind. The presentation will conclude with a conversation about how we as individuals can help to mitigate global warming.
Goés holds a Bachelor of Science degree in botany and zoology and Master of Science degree in marine microbiology from Bombay University in India. He received a Ph.D. in ocean biochemistry from Nagoya University in Japan in 1996. The major focus of his recent climate change research is on the warming of the Eurasian landmass in relationship to phytoplankton blooms in the Arabian Sea, and the dynamics between El Niño events and carbon export in the North Pacific Ocean. His most recent work has led to the development of a satellite-based method that makes it possible to estimate the drawdown of atmospheric carbon dioxide into the oceans by phytoplankton.
Bigelow Laboratory’s Café Scientifique gatherings are organized as informal conversations with participants about current scientific issues, research, exploration, and the latest news from experts in the field. The cafés are free, open to the public, and a cash bar is available. Bigelow scientists have been hosting talks with the general public since the beginning of the Laboratory’s residence on the Maine coast in 1974. The Café Scientifique movement itself began in 1998 in England, and has spread quickly throughout Europe and the United States (www.cafescientifique.org). There are over 150 science cafés organized over 40 countries that host regular get-togethers to bring science into our conversations and our culture.
The Laboratory (www.bigelow.org) is a center for global ocean discovery and home to ocean scientists from all over the world. Its primary research focus is on the foundation of biological productivity in the world’s oceans and the processes that drive the interactions between ocean ecosystems and global environmental conditions. A private, non-profit research institution, Bigelow Laboratory is supported by federal research grants and private funds. Bigelow researchers are committed to expanding our knowledge of ocean systems and sharing their findings with the scientific community and the general public.