CGA Travel Award Winner Lunchtime Seminar
The four 2015 CGA Travel Award winners will present 15 minute talks on their exciting research results. The Travel Award winners and their presentations are as follows:
Rebecca Rapf: "Sunlight-driven, Water-mediated Synthesis and Self-Assembly of Model Amphiphiles under Prebiotic Conditions"
Brett Palm: "Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation from Ambient Air in an Oxidation Flow Reactor at GoAmazon2014/5"
Magali Barba: "Post-seismic Deformation of Mojave Earthquakes using Full-Resolution InSAR Time-Series Analysis"
Mas Yanto: "Hydrologic Modeling and Parameter Estimation under Data Scarcity for Java Island, Indonesia"
CSTPR Seminar: Ines Lörcher
Climate Change from the Audience’s Perspective
by Ines Lörcher - Institute for Journalism and Communication, University of Hamburg
Abstract: Climate change is considered as one of the biggest problems humanity is facing today. At the same time, it is an abstract and complex phenomenon and the findings of climate science are often temporary and uncertain. The communication of this scientific issue to the public is therefore a challenge – especially for the mass media as one of the most important mediators. Climate change is ever-present in the media and in the last years, news coverage of the issue has increased all over the world. A research project at the University of Hamburg in Germany investigated for 6 years the overall question in which way media influence the public knowledge about and attitudes towards climate change. Here, the definition of media was very broad as also the meaning of fictional content and online communication was analyzed. In her talk, Ines Lörcher as one of the members of the research team will present results of their various multi-method studies within the project: surveys, qualitative interviews and a broad quantitative online content analysis via manual and automated coding methods of journalistic articles and their reader comments, scientific expert blogs, discussion forums and social media.
Biography: Ines Lörcher is a research associate in the project “Climate Change from the Audience Perspective” (funded by the German Research Foundation) and member of the research group “Climate Change Perception, and Communication” in the Cluster of Excellence “CliSAP” at the University of Hamburg in Germany. She studied at the University of Mainz in Germany and the University of Navarra in Pamplona in Spain and holds M.A. degrees in Communications, Political Science and Cultural Anthropology. Currently, she is working on her PhD thesis on climate change communication in different online publics.
Cryospheric and Polar Processes Seminar: Lora Koenig
Scratching the Surface: Studies of accumulation and melt over the ice sheets
by Dr. Lora Koenig - NSIDC/CIRES, University of Colorado Boulder
Climate change and rising sea levels present economic, engineering, and societal challenges for current and future generations. Two-thirds of the world’s cities have vulnerable populations of five million or more living in at-risk areas, less than 10 meters above sea level. Warming temperatures, amplified in the Arctic, are impacting both the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. In the past two decades, melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet has accelerated, and the total mass loss has quadrupled. NASA’s Operation IceBridge has been closely monitoring both ice sheets since 2009 leading to new discoveries about both accumulation and meltwater. This presentation will explore the measurements used to monitor the ice sheets from space, air and land and describe where the uncertainties lie in future projections from the ice sheets including variations in accumulation and large storages of water, in aquifers, hiding beneath the surface of the Greenland ice sheet.