CMOS Ottawa Centre
IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW (for COVID times)
The Ottawa Centre is comprised of about 90 CMOS members. During COVID restrictions we are planning monthly virtual meetings for the 2020 / 2021 Season.
Our meetings are open to members and the public, but it is important to be on our email list to receive the Zoom co-ordinates for each meeting. Meetings will be planned at lunch time - to sign in via Zoom - after 11:45 am followed by the presentation at 12:00 noon by an invited speaker, questions after and discussion. Occasionally our meetings will be joint with partner groups or societies. Outreach activities aimed at high school, university and post graduate students are a priority for the Ottawa Centre. We judge and provide prizes at regional science fairs in Ottawa and Gatineau
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SPEAKER: Derek Mueller, Water and Ice Research Lab, Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University
BIO: Derek Mueller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and co-director of the Water and Ice Research Laboratory at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. His research examines indicators and impacts of climate change in the cryosphere as well as the consequences of a warming climate on cryospheric systems such as ice shelves, glaciers, sea and lake ice. Dr. Mueller has worked at the northernmost coast of Canada since 2001 and is an expert on Arctic ice shelves and epishelf lakes. For more on his research see: https://wirl.carleton.ca/ice/
TITLE: Cryospheric and ecological changes along Canada's northernmost coast: The Milne Ice Shelf break-up of 2020
ABSTRACT: In late July 2020, a large rift formed across the Milne Ice Shelf and resulted in the calving of 43% of its surface area. The Milne Ice Shelf was the last remnant of the larger 'Ellesmere Ice Shelf' to undergo a major calving event. This ice shelf was thicker and better protected than others in the Canadian High Arctic and it dammed the mouth of Milne Fiord creating a freshwater lake to its landward side. This 'epishelf lake' has been monitored over time to reveal inter-annual and seasonal changes and hosts fresh and brackish water species directly on top of the Arctic Ocean. The ice shelf itself is a cryo-habitat for microbial communities that live on its surface while a community of benthic animals was recently discovered within the ice shelf. The fate of these cryo-environments is unknown following the events of last summer, but the trend in habitat loss along this coast is undeniable. The need to conserve this region and its vulnerable ice-dependent ecosystems is clear and efforts are underway to make a permanent marine protected area at these high latitudes. This conservation effort should be optimized by extending protection both east and west in addition to incorporating the terrestrial environment that is closely interconnected with the Arctic Ocean along this coast. However, global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions must be part of the solution to mitigate future cryo-habitat loss due to environmental change.
LOCATION: Virtual presentation via Zoom.
TIME: Thursday, December 17, 11:45 AM
NEXT MEETING: January 2021
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Upcoming 2020 - 2021 CACOR events
02-Dec Wednesday 1:30 PM Dr. R. Walker Re-imagining Nuclear Energy
09-Dec Wednesday 1:30 PM Dave Dougherty Part 1 – How a Novel Virus Up-ended the Modern World – Basics / The SARS2 Virus
16-Dec Wednesday 1:30 PM Ruben Nelson “
30-Dec Wednesday 1:30 PM Your name here We may skip this date
06-Jan Wednesday 1:30 PM Dr. Linda Duxbury Prof Carleton U “Managing Change”
13-Jan Wednesday 1:30 PM David Pollock Developing policies that reduce Inequality and improve Genuine Wealth including Climate Justice
20-Jan Wednesday 1:30 PM Huguette Labelle Women's Issues and Perspectives
27-Jan Wednesday 1:30 PM Dave Dougherty Part Two: The Societal Responses and Effects of SARS2
03-Feb Wednesday 1:30 PM John Gilmore Taking
10-Feb Wednesday 1:30 PM Vic Buxton An overview of the Major Elements of the IEA
17-Feb Wednesday 1:30 PM Dr. Jamie Stephen District Energy in
03-Mar Wednesday 1:30 PM Madeliene Weld TBD population
10-Mar Wednesday 1:30 PM Marilyn Mosley Gordanier The Rise of Distance Learning and its Global Ramifications
17-Mar Wednesday 1:30 PM
24-Mar Wednesday 1:30 PM Margaret McCuaig-Johnston TBD
31-Mar Wednesday 1:30 PM Charles Hall Limits to Growth
07-Apr Wednesday 1:30 PM
14-Apr Wednesday 1:30 PM Sarah Dougherty The importance of interdisciplinary planning and execution of remediation projects for contaminated sites.
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