OCEANIA Marine Educators Association

OCEANIA Marine Educators Association

Monday, March 11, 2013

Membership Meeting Update

We had a very nice membership meeting in late February. About 20+ folks came in despite some issues with getting the word out. Chad Yoshinaga gave a great talk and everyone enjoyed the film, "In the Wake of Giants."

Speaking of, Lou Douros, Filmmaker  for the film has begun selling DVD's of the program. Please support their efforts by checking in at their website and getting a copy. See:  www.wakeofgiants.com.

Also from the meeting - some events coming up - more details will be provided as we get closer.

·         Upcoming 2013 events
 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference - April 11 (Texas)
Mauka to Makai Waikiki Aquarium – April 13
Ocean Expo, Blaisdell Center  – April 13/14
Windward Mall Earth Day event – April 20th
Sea Life Park Earth Day beach clean up – April 20th (get cheap admission to the park!)
World Oceans Day/Turtle Day – June, stay tuned for details
National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) Conference – July (Alabama)
Earth workshop – CMORE, into microbial oceanography – March 21st deadline for applications

Mark Heckman

Winter Wonder

If you asked someone living on the East Coast if they are suffering from the effects of global warming, they would probably stare at you blankly from under their parka. No, being buried in feet of snow generally doesn't raise concern for a warming planet. I'm sure there are even a few folks who are praying for global warming to combat the recent snow storms. Many assume that the record setting blizzards along the East Coast would contradict claims of increasing temperature trends. One shocking hypothesis is that... (you may want to sit down for this one) ...the more extreme winter weather within the last decade may be the result of global warming!
For a nice clear explanation see:
Myth Busting: Snow Storms and Climate Change (video): http://vimeo.com/14094702

Climate Central is a non-profit, non-advocacy organization of scientists and journalist who study and report on the climate of the United States. I recently found one of their videos which provided an interesting and reasonable explanation for the harsh winter weather on the other side of the country.
I appreciate how the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report menacingly flies in to tell us that an increase of one degree Celsius enables the atmosphere to hold 7% more water. Menacing, but real, increased water carrying capacity allows winter storms to deposit more snow, consisting of larger snowflakes. Increased temperatures also increase the rate of evaporation in ways we typically wouldn't consider. According to an EarthTalk article addressing climate change within the United State, 2006 was the first year in recorded history that Lake Erie did not freeze. Since the water was exposed to open air, there was more evaporation leading to increased localized snowfall, a phenomenon appropriately named the "lake effect."
To clarify, global warming is leading to increases in evaporation and the amount of moisture that can be held in the atmosphere. As climate change progresses, we can expect to see more precipitation during storms, and an greater number of severe storms. It's not to say that global warming causes severe storms to consist of snow, but that is an entertaining thought for a snowboarder living in Hawaii.
For more information about how global warming is influencing climate change, please take a look at the following links:
Myth Busting: Snow Storms and Climate Change (video): http://vimeo.com/14094702
Climate Central: http://www.climatecentral.org/what-we-do
EarthTalk: http://www.emagazine.com/earth-talk-archive/week-of-1-18-2009
National Geographic: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/02/100213-snowstorms-global-warming-climate-change-snowpocalypse/