August 5: Chasing Extreme Weather in Greenland (with Perry Samson)
Monday, August 5
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Old Art Building
Global temperatures are rising due to the increasing volume of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. But the rate of temperature rise is faster in the Arctic than in more temperate climes like Michigan. This presentation recounts the experiences of a team of undergraduates and faculty who traveled to Greenland in June 2019 to make measurements of the atmosphere and glacial discharge near and on the ice sheet of Greenland. This expedition is noteworthy as it happened roughly 100 years after the first atmospheric measurements made in Greenland in the 1920s which were performed by a team from the University of Michigan. The presentation will include student-led video footage on and near the ice sheet using drones and will discuss the factors impacting the climate of Greenland which ultimately will impact global climate.
Perry Samson is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. Professor Samson has been honored for his contributions to undergraduate education and has been named “Professor of the Year” in the State of Michigan. He teaches a popular course, “Extreme Weather,” at the University of Michigan that has been cited as one of ten “Courses with a Twist” by The New York Times. As an entrepreneur, Professor Samson is co-founder of The Weather Underground, a global website for weather information, and has led the development of the Active Learning Platform for Echo360, a worldwide leader in classroom technologies.