Richard Feely | Monday, 11 February 2008 - Thursday, 14 February 2008

Date(s): 
11 February 2008 to 14 February 2008
Speaker: 
Richard Feely

The release of CO2 emissions through the burning of fossil fuels is well known as impacting of global warming. Less well known is that through absorbing atmospheric CO2, the world's oceans and, in particular, the Arctic's oceans are becoming more acidic. In February 2008, Dr. Richard Feely traveled to Anchorage, AK and presented at the, "Climate Change: Oceans, Fisheries & Marine Mammals" Workshop at the Alaska Forum on the Environment. The Forum attracted a very diverse audience, including students, scientists, tribal leaders, government representatives, community members, representatives from Native and environmental organizations, and industry. In addition to presenting to adult participants at the Alaska Forum on the Environment, Dr. Feely gave a presentation to 6-8th grade students from Pacific Northern Academy at the Forum.

Dr. Feely also traveled to Homer, AK where he presented at an assembly at the Homer High School, and at a public event at the Pratt Museum. Richard then traveled to Kodiak, AK and presented at Kodiak High School as well as meeting with NOAA personal working in Kodiak. In the evening there was a presentation open to community members.

Dr. Richard A. Feely is a Supervisory Oceanographer at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle. He also holds an affiliate full professor faculty position at the University of Washington School of Oceanography. His major research areas are carbon cycling in the oceans and ocean acidification processes. He is the country's leading scientist on ocean acidification. He clearly explains the chemistry behind this phenomenon and the impacts it has on marine organisms.