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“The Arctic Ocean and Climate Change”
a quarterly seminar given at the Art Institute of Seattle (AIS) to Environmental Science GE215
taught by Prof. Michael St. John

The Art Institute of Seattle is a 4-year accredited college, specializing in degrees in applied arts, including graphic arts, multimedia, fashion, and culinary arts. Students have a science requirement, with a choice of several courses. Professor Michael St. John teaches Environmental Science, which includes climate change, biotechnology, etc. In early 2004, he sent a request for a speaker to the U of WA’s Program in Climate Change. I had just recently given such a talk at Edmonds Community College, so I was somewhat prepared.

I have since given my talk each quarter at the AIS for Professor St. John’s class. The components of my presentation are:

The powerpoint seminar- Discusses the greenhouse effect, global warming, ice-albedo feedback, temperature records from the last 30, 120, 1000, 220k, and 600M years, and then segues into recent Switchyard field work.

Equipment show & tell- XCP, CTD, arctic clothing.

Sea ice vs. freshwater ice- I make some at home the night before. I once had an art student remark that salty ice might be useful for adding texture to ice sculptures! I don’t know if he followed up on the idea, however.

Some photos from the AIS visit on October 28, 2005

My presentation is used by some of the students
as material for a research paper.


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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0230427.
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