“CU @ The Longmont Public Library” To feature “The Arctic On The Fast Track Of Change”
LONGMONT – On April 21, 2011, Julienne Stroeve, research scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), will offer a presentation on global climate change entitled “The Arctic on the Fast Track of Change at the Longmont Public Library at 7 p.m.
Changes in the Arctic are widespread and include increased glacier and ice sheet melt, permafrost degradation, reductions in snow cover and increased warming. Perhaps the most striking of all the changes, however, is the loss of the Arctic sea ice cover. Arctic sea ice extent at the end of the summer melt season has declined sharply and is projected to disappear entirely as concentrations of atmospheric greenhouse gases continue to rise. The record low ice extent of September 2007 served as an exclamation point on the downward trend and further raised concern that the Arctic may be on the verge of rapid transition to a seasonal ice cover.
Stroeve’s talk will address these changes, with specific focus on the profound environmental, biological and societal impacts the continued loss of the Arctic summer sea ice cover will have.
The program is part of CU-Boulder’s “Learn More About Climate” initiative that brings climate change-related topics to communities across the state. LearnMoreAboutClimate.colorado.edu  is an online tool that features six videos that localize climate change by pairing interviews with leading scientists and everyday Coloradans to explain how climate change is affecting our state. The site also offers resources for teachers, students, policy makers and community members who want to learn more about this critical issue.
The presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Longmont Public Library. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for general admission seating. The presentation is free and open to the public. Tickets or reservations are not required.
The “CU @ the Longmont Public Library” series is sponsored by the CU-Boulder Office for University Outreach, the Longmont Public Library, and Friends of the Longmont Public Library. For more information, contact the Longmont Public Library at 303-651-8471 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .