Leading Scripps Scientists to Bring the 'Frontiers of Oceanography' to the Public


Ever wonder what's happening across the immense blue vastness of our world's oceans? Want to hear about the latest research in topics such as marine biology, coastal oceanography, seismology, and climate science?

If so, then Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and the "Frontiers of Oceanography ," a special one-day public seminar, is the place for you.

The Saturday, Oct. 14 event is a special presentation by leading Scripps research scientists on some of the most critical and difficult environmental and health issues facing society today. Topics include global warming, El Niño, coastal pollution, the loss of marine habitats, earthquakes and volcanoes, marine biodiversity, and pharmaceuticals from the sea.

The special guest speaker is Wally Schirra, one of the original seven NASA astronauts and an expert on space-based experiments and observing Earth from space.
Scripps scientists include:

Wolf Berger (moderator), an oceanographer and renowned expert
on how the ocean, atmosphere, and climate develop and change
over time;

Nancy Knowlton, a marine biologist/ecologist who explores the health and evolution of coral reefs and the impacts of natural and man-made environmental changes;

John Orcutt, a geophysicist who researches the deep-ocean seafloor
where most of the planet's earthquakes and volcanic activity takes
place, largely unobserved;

Richard Somerville, a meteorologist and climate expert who is a leader in policy discussions on the reactions of industries and governments to the prospects of global change; and

Clint Winant, a coastal oceanographer who researches the physical dynamics of the coastal oceans that affect erosion, beaches, weather, safety, and oil spills.

The event is scheduled Saturday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps and is open to the public. Admission is $55 per person and seating is limited (lunch and parking included). For more information, call 858/822-4313.

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