Imagine giant ocean waves that tower more than 100-feet high. Now imagine grabbing a surfboard and paddling out to face them.
Such is the premise of author Susan Casey's new book, "THE WAVE: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean. Join Casey for a special Nov. 17 lecture at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, during which she will discuss the science behind these mammoth waves and the life and death stakes of surfing them.
Casey will share stories from her incredible journey following extreme surfer Laird Hamilton and his crew on the hunt for gargantuan waves. She will also describe scientists' urgent efforts to understand the destructive powers of waves-from the 2004 Pacific tsunami that killed more than 250,000 people to the 1,740-foot-wave that recently leveled part of the Alaskan coast.
A booksigning will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase or can be pre-purchased at the aquarium Gift Shop.
About Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fish and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and the Caribbean. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, Earth and ocean science and features nearly five-dozen interactive elements. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Birch Aquarium has an annual attendance of more than 415,000, including 45,000 school children.
2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, Calif.
From Interstate 5, exit at La Jolla Village Drive.
West one mile. Left on Expedition Way.
Birch Aquarium offers three-hour courtesy parking.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical, and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today on every continent and in every ocean. The institution has a staff of more than 1,400 and annual expenditures of approximately $195 million from federal, state, and private sources. Scripps operates robotic networks and one of the largest U.S. academic fleets. Birch Aquarium at Scripps serves as the interpretive center of the institution and showcases Scripps research and a diverse array of marine life through exhibits and programming for more than 430,000 visitors each year. Learn more at scripps.ucsd.edu.
About UC San Diego
The University of California, San Diego is a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public institution that provides opportunity for all. Recognized as one of the top 15 research universities worldwide and born of a culture of collaboration, UC San Diego sparks discoveries that advance society, drive economic growth and positively impact the world. Our students, who learn from Nobel laureates, MacArthur Fellows and National Academy members, are committed to public service. For the sixth consecutive year, UC San Diego has been ranked first in the nation based on research, civic engagement and social mobility. We are one campus with multiple pillars of excellence, a top ten public university that is transforming lives, shaping new disciplines and advancing the frontiers of knowledge. Learn more at www.ucsd.edu.