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General Information

All Brown Bag Seminars (unless otherwise noted) are held from 12:00pm - 1 p.m. in the NOAA Central Library, 2nd Floor, SSMC#3, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring.

For remote access: Audio: Dial toll-free US 866-833-7307, participant code is 8986360#. Webcast at www.mymeetings.com. Under "Participant Join", click "Join an Event", then add conf no: 742656968. Passcode is brownbag. Be sure to install the correct plug-in (or run the plug-in as a temporary application) for WebEx before the seminar starts. During the presentation, please mute your phone by pressing *6.

Contact Judith Salter (301-713-2600 ext. 135) or Library Reference (301-713-2600 ext. 157) for further information on how to schedule a Brown Bag seminar.

Archived Seminars

A list of previous Brown Bag Seminars and their accompanying Powerpoint presentations, when available, can be found on the Archive Brown Bags page.

 

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Upcoming Seminars

Coral reefs, climate change, and atoll sustainability: will Micronesians become the US's first climate change refugees?

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: Curt Storlazzi, USGS

Abstract: Although absolute rates of sea-level rise (SLR) and projected 2100 global sea levels are still under deliberation, the models consistently suggest that eustatic sea level will be considerably higher by the end of the century and rates of SLR will far outstrip vertical coral-reef accretion rates, which will have a profound impact on coral reef-lined islands. Atoll islands are low-lying carbonate Holocene features, many of which have maximum elevations of less than 4 m, that support 1000 year-old cultures, yet the amount of land and water available for human habitation, water and food sources, and ecosystems is limited and extremely vulnerable to wave-driven flooding and inundation from SLR. The USGS, NOAA, Deltares, and academia are carrying out a multidisciplinary effort to understand how SLR and climate change may impact low-lying atoll islands in Micronesia using field observations and global climate model outputs to drive coupled hydrodynamic and hydrogeologic models for a number of SLR and climate change scenarios. Rising sea levels and climate change will reduce the ability of coral reefs to mitigate wave-driven flooding in the future, leading to more frequent, persistent, and extreme marine flooding and overwash on atoll islands, damaging infrastructure, habitats, and agriculture. More importantly, the increased marine flooding, along with decreased precipitation, will result in salinization the islands’ limited freshwater drinking supplies with such frequency that the freshwater lenses will not be able to recover. Our findings suggest that such “tipping points” – when the islands can no longer sustain a freshwater lens and thus human habitation – will likely occur in decades, not centuries as previously thought. This will result in significant geopolitical issues if mitigation efforts are unsuccessful and it becomes necessary to abandon and relocate island-states.

About the Speaker: Curt Storlazzi is a research geological oceanographer who specializes in coastal hydrodynamics and sediment transport. He presently leads a U.S. Geological Survey team of 8 PhD researchers and 10 operational staff examining the geologic and oceanographic processes that affect the growth and vitality of coral and bedrock reefs, along with their role in enhancing the resiliency of coastal communities and ecosystems. Curt is the author or co-author of 132 peer-reviewed scientific papers and reports, and currently serves on the Monterey Bay Sanctuary's Research Activity Panel.

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Get Ready for Bike to Work Day

Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: Regina Spallone, Fishery Management Specialist

Abstract: NOAA SSMC bicycle commuters will share tips on equipment, planning, safety, laws, health benefits, and SSMC logistics, such as routes, parking, showers and lockers. Perfect for bikers considering riding to work for their first time on Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 20, 2016. While this talk will be geared specifically towards Silver Spring bicycle commuters, some tips may be applicable to others outside the area. A special hands-on demonstration will be included on gear, clothing, helmet fit, and more.

About the Speakers: Regina Spallone works for NOAA Fisheries in the Domestic Fisheries Division within the Office of Sustainable Fisheries. Since 2005, Regina bike commutes about one or two days each week year round, from her suburban Maryland home to the NOAA offices in Silver Spring. Regina is active in the NOAA Bike Team since 2008, addressing the concerns of local bike commuters and managing the bike commuter incentive program, Bike Bucks. For this, Regina has been awarded the NOAA Green Steward Award in 2009 and the DOC Energy and Environmental Stewardship Award in 2013.

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Knauss Fellows Brown Bag Seminar Series

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

About the Speaker: TBD

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Knauss Fellows Brown Bag Seminar Series

Date: Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

About the Speaker: TBD

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Knauss Fellows Brown Bag Seminar Series

Date: Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

About the Speaker: TBD

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Knauss Fellows Brown Bag Seminar Series

Date: Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

About the Speaker: TBD

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Knauss Fellows Brown Bag Seminar Series

Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

About the Speaker: TBD

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Knauss Fellows Brown Bag Seminar Series

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

About the Speaker: TBD

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Knauss Fellows Brown Bag Seminar Series

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

About the Speaker: TBD

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Knauss Fellows Brown Bag Seminar Series

Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

About the Speaker: TBD

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Knauss Fellows Brown Bag Seminar Series

Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

About the Speaker: TBD

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Additional seminars are scheduled through the OneNOAA Science Discussion Seminar Series

 

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