NRCan’s PCSP presents Canada’s Shrinking Glaciers

NRCan’s Polar Continental Shelf Program presents the Arctic Reflections Speaker Series:
Canada’s Shrinking Glaciers

December 14, 2010, 1:15 – 2:50 pm

Camsell Hall
588 Booth Street
Ottawa, ON

If you are external to NRCan, please arrive 15 minutes in advance to proceed through security at building entrance.

Agenda – December 14, 2010

1:15 – 1:20 p.m.
Opening Remarks, Martin Bergmann, Director, Polar Continental Shelf Program

1:20 – 2:00 p.m.
Dr. Martin Sharp, Professor and Chair of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science, University of Alberta, “Extreme melt on Canada’s Arctic ice caps in the 21st century”

2:00 – 2:40 p.m.
Dr. David Burgess, Research Scientist, Geological Survey of Canada, “Impacts of Recent Warming on High Elevation Regions of Ice Caps in the Canadian High Arctic”

2:40 – 2:50 p.m.
Closing remarks

R.S.V.P.: Angelique Magee, Angelique.Magee {@} nrcan-rncan {dot} gc {dot} ca

This event is part of a speaker series organized by Natural Resources Canada’s Polar Continental Shelf Program.

Dr. Martin Sharp is Professor and Chair of the Department of Earth and
Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta. He is a glaciologist with
particular interests in glacier-climate interactions, glacier hydrology and ice
dynamics, and biogeochemical processes in glaciated environments. Since
1978, Martin has conducted fieldwork on glaciers in Iceland, Alaska, Norway,
the Swiss Alps, the Canadian Rockies and the Ross Sea Region of Antarctica,
but his current research program is focused on the glaciers of Canada’s high
Arctic Islands. A primary research goal is to quantify and explain the regional
scale response of Canada’s Arctic glaciers to recent and ongoing climate
changes.

Dr. David Burgess is a Research Scientist at the Geological Survey of Canada
where he specializes in the use of remote sensing technology (airborne and
spaceborne) and in-situ methods to study the mass balance and dynamics of
ice caps in the Canadian Arctic. Dr. Burgess obtained his Ph.D. from the
University of Alberta during which time he spent 7 field seasons conducting
glaciological studies on the Devon and Prince of Wales ice caps, Queen
Elizabeth Islands. He is currently responsible for maintaining the long-term
mass balance monitoring network (established in 1960) across 4 ice caps in the
Canadian high Arctic, and is a lead investigator and coordinator for Canada’s
involvement in calibration and validation of CryoSat-2 radar altimeter over the
Devon Ice Cap, Nunavut.

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