RARGOM Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts
2011 RARGOM Annual Science Meeting

The Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine (RARGOM)
is holding its annual science meeting addressing


on October 5, 2011
Residence Inn Marriott
100 Deer Street
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

The one day meeting will feature two keynote speakers:

Michael K. Orbach
Professor of the Practice of Marine Affairs and Policy
Nicholas School of Environment, Duke University
“The New Human Condition: The ‘Total Ecology’ of Marine Spatial Planning”

Robert S. Steneck
Professor at the School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine
“Winds of Change: Marine Spatial Planning in an era of
Rapidly Shifting Baselines”

The meeting is intended to be of general interest to a broad range of
researchers, managers and stakeholders in the Gulf of Maine region

The Registration period is:
August 15th – September 30th
Registration fees are $45 for participants from RARGOM member institutions and
$60 for non-members. Student registration is $30
Lunch will be provided

If interested in presenting a contributed talk or poster on new, old or developing research, please submit an abstract to Lynn Rutter

Abtract Submission Form (DOC)

Deadline: August 27th

Webinar: Climate Change and Iron

COSEE Ocean Systems presents December 1 at 7pm ET – “Climate Change and the Role of Iron”. Featuring: Dr. Fei CHAI (University of Maine) and Jennifer Albright (Tabor Academy).  Dr. Fei CHAI will provide an overview of the two main areas of research in the field of “climate intervention” technologies, including those that either reduce the amount of solar radiation reaching the earth or attempt to remove excess CO2 from the atmosphere. The presentation will focus on the science behind iron fertilization experiments and the ocean’s role in affecting climate.

Jennifer Albright will talk to us about her decision to use concept mapping in her classroom as a tool to introduce the complex topics of global warming and climate change. She proposed that concept mapping would visually simplify the complex issues and enable high school students to understand them more intuitively than using traditional methods alone.  [Sign up now!]

About the COSEE-OS ROLE Model webinars:

You can learn about recent and exciting scientific research from world-class researchers — and get customizable versions of these scientists’ interactive concept maps — from the comfort of your living room! Free and easy to attend, ROLE Model webinars offer direct access to scientists as well as take-home resources that can be used immediately. Featured educators will also showcase their use of concept maps in educational environments. All you’ll need in order to participate are a telephone and an Internet connection.

Missed one of the previous webinars? Check out full-length webinar videos, clips and educational resources from previous webinars featuring scientists presenting on Estuary Ecology (11.17.10) Climate Aerosols (11.03.10) Studying the Dynamics of Melting Icebergs (10.20.10), The Carbon Cycle (10.03.10), Persistent Organic Pollutants (9.22.10) or Hydrothermal Vent Ecosystems (07.28.10) at

Webinar on Atmosphere, Science, Aerosols and Climate

If you’re yearning for free, accessible science content that can be integrated into your classrooms or programs AND want to enjoy the presentation from your own home, then look no further than the COSEE-OS “ROLE Model” Webinar series. Tomorrow’s engaging presentations focus on the complex science of the atmosphere and the role of aerosols in climate.  Join us online tomorrow (Weds. November 3), 7-8pm Eastern Time! [Sign up now!] Part 1: Dr. Carolyn Jordan (University of New Hampshire) will explain what aerosols are, provide educational resources about them, and will use them as a basis for explaining how models are critical tools for understanding climate. She’ll also describe some of her own experiences teaching the public about her research.

Part 2: Kate Leavitt (Seacoast Science Center, Rye NH)  will share her experiences taking a concept map of the complex work of an aerosol scientist and using it to train center staff to create activities for young children.

Even if you don’t know the first thing about aerosols, this webinar will be helpful towards your understanding of climate science, and how to break down scientific topics using pedagogical tools such as concept mapping. We hope you can join us for this unique, interactive experience!

Understanding Global Climate Change, Online Grad Course

The Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State and the OSU School of Earth Sciences are pleased to announce that “Understanding Global Climate Change”, an online-only, 3-credit grad-level course for professional development for all professions and trades, will be offered in Winter quarter (Jan 10 – Feb 18, 2011). The course is listed as Earth Sciences 580 (ES 580), whose official course title is “Standards-based Earth Science Education”. This offering of ES 580 is offered as a special online-only contract course at a reduced rate for grad credit, in contract with the Office of Continuing Education and the School of Earth Sciences at OSU. Registration is required by December 15, 2010.  Text support for ES 580 is provided via free download from the Byrd Polar Research Center website. The DVD that serves as the primary content for the course was produced by three Central Ohio teachers following their participation in a summer workshop at OSU. The DVD was developed with partial support from the National Science Foundation’s Science & Technology Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS). The DVD was updated in 2010. Tuition and fees equal $560, with an additional application fee of $40 for anyone who has never previously enrolled at OSU.  If you are interested in enrolling,  contact Carol Landis for registration and payment instructions or if you have other questions:

Aquariums and Climate Coalition Presents Online Talk

Thanks to a generous grant from NOAA, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, New England Aquarium and National Aquarium in Baltimore established a partnership to advance the discussion of climate change and the ocean among aquariums and their visitors. Joined by nearly all of the aquariums in the United States, the Aquariums and Climate Coalition has been working to provide marine educators with ways to address this topic with the public.

On Friday, August 6, three of the Aquariums and Climate Coalition members — from the East Coast, the Gulf Coast, and the West Coast — will join program host Tom Bowman for a 90 minute candid, in-depth online conversation about communicating the link between climate change and the Gulf oil spill with visitors. You will hear about the challenges and opportunities they are wrestling with in their institutions and among their stakeholders. We hope you will join the program too and bring your own experiences and questions to share. Register for the event here.

To help prepare for the event, Tom has written a paper on the connection between the oil spill and climate change, which you can access here.

Call for Abstracts: 2010 RARGOM Annual Science Meeting

The Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine (RARGOM) is holding its annual science meeting in  Portsmouth, New Hampshire at the Hilton Garden Inn,  October 6, 2010.  The one day meeting will feature focused talks, contributed talks and discussion on the Impacts of Climate Change in the Gulf of Maine.  The meeting is intended to be of general interest to a broad range of researchers, managers and stakeholders in the Gulf of Maine region.

Three focused talks are scheduled:

Charles Stock, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton University: “The impact of climate variability and change on marine ecosystem productivity across trophic levels”…global and regional perspectives on the effect of climate on primary and secondary productivity of marine food webs.

Terrence Joyce, Physical Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution:  “Can changes in silver hake off the Northeast coast of the US and Canada and Gulf of Maine be related to and predicted by the strength of the Atlantic Thermohaline Circulation?”…examining changes in biomass and location of living marine resources in respect to contemporary and anticipated variation on Atlantic Thermohaline Circulation.

Lawrence Hamilton, Sociology Department, University of New Hampshire: “Public Perceptions about Climate Change in the Gulf of Maine Region”…results from surveys recently conducted in the Gulf of Maine area that gauge perceptions about climate change and connections with other coastal issues.

If interested in presenting a contributed talk or poster on new, old or developing research, please submit an abstract at the registration site: Abstract submission deadline is August 27th.

Registration will open on August 2, 2010.  Registration fee is:  $25 for participants from RARGOM member institutions, $30 for non-members.

Climate Change Report from NRC

The National Research Council recently issued a comprehensive report on Climate change.  The report was sponsored by the Energy Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council make up the National Academies. They are independent, nonprofit institutions that provide science, technology, and health policy advice under an 1863 congressional charter.  Committee members, who serve pro bono as volunteers, are chosen by the Academies for each study based on their expertise and experience and must satisfy the Academies’ conflict-of-interest standards.  Read the report.

Climate Change Conversation with WHOI Scientist

Climate change is real and our options are clear, says WHOI oceanographer Ray Schmitt in a conversation with Oceanus. He served on the National Research Council study group whose new report, America’s Climate Choices, lays out the state of climate science, the steps we should take to combat climate change—and the consequences if we do not.

Science in Service to the Nation
A conversation with oceanographer Ray Schmitt

Glaciers and Ocean Currents, Article and Animation

With many of Greenland’s glaciers rapidly shrinking, WHOI oceanographers ask whether warming ocean currents could be hastening their retreat.  This article and animation from Oceanus explore A Glacier’s Pace: Are ocean currents hastening the retreat of Greenland’s glaciers?