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NOAA Central Library Brown Bag Seminar Series

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General Information

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.

Interested in presenting?: Contact Judith Salter (301-713-2600 ext. 135) or Library Reference (301-713-2600 ext. 157). Please send a title of the proposed presentation, an abstract of the presentation and a speaker bio, so that we can reserve your desired presentation time on our NOAA Central Library Events calendar and have sufficient time to promote your seminar. Photos that reflect the topic of the upcoming brown bag seminar are appreciated and will be used to advertise the brown bag seminar in the library and on the NOAA Libraries Facebook page.

Technical information for presenters: The librarian will set up the space for the brownbag seminar in the library, including the A/V equipment and Polycom, and monitor the online chat. We do ask that you arrive an hour prior to your presentation time, to allow for scanning of the USB drive by IT (if you are not submitting the PowerPoint via GoogleDrive, our preferred method). You are welcome to embed a video within your presentation, but we cannot guarantee that embedded videos will be archived media due to file size limitations. Please note that QuickTime videos are no longer supported by NOAA IT and are unable to be shown.

Archived Seminars

A list of previous Brown Bag Seminars and their accompanying Powerpoint presentations, with audio as available, can be found on the Archived Brown Bags page.

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Upcoming Seminars

Federal Holiday for the "Inauguration Day area" : The NOAA Central Library will be closed

Date: Friday, January 20, 2017 from 9am-4pm

For reference assistance : Contact the Library Reference Desk

Location: NOAA Central Library, 2nd Floor, SSMC3, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD


Reserved for the NOAA Corps meeting

Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 from 12:30pm-4:30pm

For NOAA Corps meeting info: Contact Eric Johnson and Skip Theberge

Location: NOAA Central Library, 2nd Floor, SSMC3, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring

Notes: The NOAA Central Library has reserved the Brown Bag area (from 12:30pm-4:30pm ET) for the NOAA Corps meeting. More details coming soon!


Transient Tracers for climate and ocean health assessments

Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 12:00pm EST

Speakers: Dr. Toste Tanhua, Senior Scientist, GEOMAR (Kiel, Germany)

Abstract: Transient tracers are a group of (chemical) compounds that can be used in the ocean to quantify ventilation, transit time distribution and transport time-scales. These compounds are ideally conservative in sea-water and a well-established source function over time at the ocean surface, or have well-defined decay-functions. Measurement of transient tracers in the interior ocean thus provides information on the time-scales since the ocean was ventilated, i.e. in contact with the atmosphere. Knowledge of the transit time distribution (TTD) of a water-mass allows for inference of the concentrations or fates of other transient compounds, such as anthropogenic carbon or nitrous oxide. Commonly measured transient tracers are the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) 11 and 12, although in the past also CFC-113 and CCl4 have been measured. More recently also the related compound sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) is regularly measured since it provides information on ventilation of the fast ventilated parts of the ocean. Exciting new techniques might allow for a global survey of Argon-39, a isotope with a 269 decay half-time. Knowledge about ventilation is key to quantify the transport of (climate) perturbations from the surface to interior ocean. For instance, the ocean is storing about 95% of anthropogenic global warming (heat content) and about 30% of anthropogenic carbon. A system of global sustained observations of interior ocean transient tracer observations will help to answer several societal relevant questions articulated in, for instance, climate agreements and SDG-14. Here I will present some basic concepts of transient tracers, and put that in a global context with focus on societal benefits.

About the Speaker: Dr. Toste Tanhua obtained a PhD in Marine Chemistry in Sweden in 1997 based on work on transient tracers. After a few years at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Dr. Tanhua took a position at GEOMAR in Kiel, Germany. Measurements of oceanic transient tracers has been a central theme of Dr. Tanhua's research, particularly the use of transient tracers to detect and quantify temporal changes in ocean ventilation and ocean storage of anthropogenic carbon.

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.


Reserved for the NCEI Awards ceremony

Date: Thursday, February, 2, 2017 from 12pm-4pm ET (12pm IT setup)

For NOAA Corps meeting info: Contact Sarah Oconnor

Location: NOAA Central Library, 2nd Floor, SSMC3, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring

Notes: The NOAA Central Library has reserved the Brown Bag area (from 12pm-4pm ET) for the NCEI Awards ceremony, with 12pm for IT setup and a start time of 1pm for the event.


NOAA Great Lakes Strategic Public-Private Partnership Project (Affiliation: University of Michigan / Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Team (GLRCT))

Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 12:00pm EST

Speakers: Zhanyang "Young" Gao is a graduate student at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment. Jerry Guo is a Master's degree student at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, with a focus in Conservation Ecology.

POC: Jennifer Day, Regional Coordinator, Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Team and Heather Stirratt, Great Lakes Lead for NOAA's National Ocean Service at NOAA's Office for Coastal Management

Abstract: The NOAA Great Lakes strategic public-private partnership project is sponsored by the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Team to identify new partnership opportunities in the region. The presentation will show the audiences how the team uses self-created partnership evaluation models to explore environmental topics of interest, and identify potential partners in the Great Lakes region. The ultimate goal of this project is to create a recommendation list of the top 10 potential partners in the Great Lakes region for NOAA to pursue partnerships with in the future.

About the Speakers: Zhanyang “Young” Gao is a graduate student at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. In 2015, he received an MBA degree from the UM Ross School of Business. Before that, he worked for seven years as an IT consultant in China. Young aims to combine his degrees to explore solutions to China's pressing environmental problems.

Jerry Guo is a Master’s degree student at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, with a focus in Conservation Ecology. He obtained dual undergraduate degrees in Biology and Economics at the University of Utah. Jerry is passionate about helping with environmental issues like invasive species and habitat restoration, hopes to contribute more towards these areas after graduation this 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.


Additional seminars are scheduled through the OneNOAA Science Discussion Seminar Series

 

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