Colorado Foundation for Water Education’s National Ice Core Lab workshop

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Every now an then I get it right and sign up for a workshop that exceeds expectations. A while back I attended a workshop at the National Ice Core Lab. The Colorado Foundation for Water Education organized a day of speakers along with the tour of the big freezer itself.

The lab had just received a new core from Antarctica that morning and hadn’t had time to organize, classify and store it away yet. Click on the thumbnail graphic to the right for a larger view.

The Foundation posted the speaker notes yesterday. Many of the workshop participants were educators and I think it’s cool that the CFWE has made the slides available to them. Here you go (The files are in .pdf format):

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Todd Hinkley: Mapping Climate Change Impacts: How Ice Cores Reveal the Composition and Temperature of Earth’s Atmosphere

Mr. Hinkley is the former director of the lab. He explained much of the science and engineering around collecting and analyzing the cores. He also explained that the cores are examined by a wide range of researchers in many different fields.

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Becky Smith: Colorado’s Climate and Water Resources

Ms. Smith explained Colorado’s place in the climate picture. She showed climate data from around the state and explained the variability over the years. She demonstrated many of the online tools available from the State Climatologist’s office.

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Jeff Lukas (the tree ring guy): Drought, climate change, the water cycle and ecosystems: linkages and feedbacks in Colorado

Mr. Lukas explained that climate will continue to be variable but that low temperatures and high temperatures will trend upward over time.

The Foundation is planning many more of these events in the future.

More climate change coverage here.