SEA Currents: Events
Public Lecture to Examine Recent Warming of New England Continental Shelf
Sea Education Association (SEA) will host a public lecture, "Hot enough for you? Recent warming of the New England continental shelf" on Sunday, April 29, at 2 p.m. Dr. Ben Harden, Assistant Professor of Oceanography at Sea Education Association, and Dr. Glen Gawarkiewicz, Senior Scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will deliver the lecture. The lecture will be held at James L. Madden Center Lecture Hall, Sea Education Association, 171 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
About the Lecture
In the past decade, water temperatures over the continental shelf of the Northeast US have increased rapidly. Over this time span, SEA has been taking WHOI/MIT students out in late June and introducing them to shipboard life and marine science observational tools. We present observations from cruises spanning 2003-2013 showing significant warming has occurred south of Cape Cod. We also discuss the SEA/WHOI data in the context of regional change and impli¬cations for fisheries and storms in New England.
About the Lecturers
Ben Harden is Assistant Professor of Ocean¬ography at the Sea Education Association. His research centers on the physical properties of the North Atlantic with specific focus on ocean currents and how they move heat around the planet. He is also a trained radio producer and works with students at SEA on developing both research and communications skills.
Glen Gawarkiewicz is a Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who specializes in studying the continental shelf and slope region in the northeast U.S. Glen has been studying the region for the past three decades and is working with the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation of Rhode Island to under¬stand how recent changes have impacted the fishing industry.