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Seminar with Alfonso Fernández

Wednesday, May 2, 2018, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
177 Scott Hall, 1090 Carmack Road 
Columbus, OH
Alfonso Fernández
Department of Geography Universidad de Concepción Chile

"The unexplored link between the Amazon Forest and Tropical glaciers: From global climate warming to regional environmental change."

Recent research has highlighted several ongoing environmental changes occurring across Tropical South America, including Andean glacier retreat, drought, as well as changes in land-use and land-cover. As the regional climate of the area is mostly characterized by land-ocean interactions, the atmospheric convection in the Amazon, and the effect of the Andes on circulation patterns, it follows that changes in one of those regions may affect the other. Most scholars who have studied the causes of tropical glaciers’ fluctuations have not analyzed the linkages with changes in the Amazon with the same attention paid to the influence of Pacific sea surface temperature. In this talk, I present our ongoing work focused on the response of tropical glacier surface mass balance to scenarios of Amazonian land cover changes. I begin with an overview on what we currently know regarding impacts of amazonian land cover changes on regional climate to then show our specific study case in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru (10°S). In this work, we combine regional climate modeling and glacier mass balance simulations to study the sensitivity of glacier mass balance to a scenario where the Amazonian rainforest is replaced by savannas. I discuss the implications of our results to further understand drivers of future and past tropical glacier fluctuations.

Building Resilient Communities in a Changing Climate

Friday, May 18, 2018, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
The Ohio State Fawcett Center
2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH

The Ohio State University and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) are joining to host a dialog on “Building Resilient Communities in a Changing Climate.” Representatives from Ohio State, MORPC, and central Ohio communities will discuss the challenges facing local infrastructure and the public health resulting from changing climate patterns. The forum will highlight what actions are currently being taken to combat these problems, and how Ohio State, MORPC, and local communities can work together to best prevent, mitigate, and adapt to the effects of our changing environment. We invite you to join us for this free forum focusing on challenges facing professionals in transportation, water and energy utilities, and public health and safety.

Registration is required, by May 14.

We look forward to seeing you on May 18!

OSUWMC Presents: Climate Change, Health and You

Friday, May 18, 2018, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Ross Heart Hospital Auditorium and Lobby

Join us for an enlightening evening on how climate change is impacting our health here in central Ohio and around the world. There will also be a networking reception on sustainability efforts at our institution, addressing how anyone can help make a difference in our community.


Mark Conselyea, MHA
Associate VP of Medical Center
Space and Facilities Planning

Aparna Dial, MS, MBA, LEED AP
Sustainability Consultant
Wexner Medical Center

Lauren Koch, MA, MENR
Associate Director, Climate and Health Practice
Greenhealth | Health Care Without Harm

Registration is required.

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WestFest 2018: West Campus Sustainability & Outreach Festival

Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
West Campus Quad (between Bevis, Pressey, Rightmire, and Scott Halls)
Join us on the West Campus of The Ohio State University for a free public event showcasing sustainability and outreach at Ohio State and beyond! This event is open to people of all ages, from children to retirees.

Participating departments and organizations include: Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center, Byrd Polar & Climate Research Center, Center for Applied Plant Sciences, Center for Automotive Research, OBIC, Sea Grant/Stone Lab, COSI, Office of Energy and Environment, and more.

In addition to displays and hands-on activities highlighting research at Ohio State, there will be tours of the Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center and Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center (available on a first come, first served basis).

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