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Volume 19, Issue 24 (April 22, 2013)

PHYS 123 speaker Amanda Babson

April 15, 2013
By Trenne Fields

Physics 123
(Approx. First Half of Term)    Fridays 3:30-4:30 (6a)
What Physicists Do
Spring 2013
Olin 141    1 Credit; S/CR/NC

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is pleased to present “Physics 123: What Physicists Do”.  This is our annual series of five lectures by guest speakers, many of whom are Carleton alums.  The series is intended to introduce students to a broad range of real-world physics and to give some perspective on the kinds of work done by people with a physics background.  Speakers will be available for informal discussions over refreshments afterward.    Questions: Jay Tasson, Olin 337, x4418, jtasson@carleton.edu.


The speaker for April 26th will be Amanda Babson ('98).

"Science to Support Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Parks"

Amanda helps coastal national parks in the northeast adapt to climate change.  She received her PhD in oceanography from the University of Washington, focusing on estuarine circulation modeling and was a science policy fellow at the US Environmental Protection Agency. 

Climate change adaptation is a quickly-developing field, requiring interdisciplinary research to support effective planning and implementation.  Coastal parks have a variety of climate change vulnerabilities and managers are interested in implementing adaptation strategies, yet the extensive research and information needs are a challenge when deciding where to begin.  Amanda will discuss the research and monitoring that is underway to provide decision support to resource managers for climate adaptation.  Some of the supporting research areas that involve physics include climate model downscaling, measuring precise elevation and understanding geomorphology, all of which support work necessary for adaptation planning, such as vulnerability assessments, evaluating restoration effectiveness, habitat and landform migration modeling, and scenario planning.  

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