A Tale of Ice, Warm Water, and the Future with Dr. Fiamma Straneo

Thursday, October 19, 2023
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Simons Theatre
1 Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110

Dr. Fiamma Straneo


The New England Aquarium Lecture Series and the Lorenz Center of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at MIT present the John H. Carlson Lecture featuring Dr. Fiamma Straneo.

In the early 2000s, glaciers in Greenland started speeding up and melting, which led to a rise in sea level. Attention turned to the ocean: could it be that the glaciers in this iceberg-infested, remote, and dangerous place were responding to ocean warming? To answer this, a team assembled to explore where Greenland’s glaciers flow into the ocean.

Dr. Straneo will share the story of a novel investigation that utilized robots, icebreakers, helicopters, seals, and detective skills to confirm a warming ocean’s impacts on an ice sheet. Join us for a fascinating account of the people—oceanographers, glaciologists, climate scientists, engineers, technicians, vessel operators, and local experts—who worked together to make this discovery possible.

All are invited to arrive early to explore exhibits by MIT students and climate scientists in the Simons Theatre lobby. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Virtual registration closes at 2:00 p.m. on October 19.

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