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Alpine Environments Symposium

Friday, January 18, 2013 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Alpine EnvironmentsThis symposium will explore the impact of climate change on alpine environments from four diverse and interesting perspectives.  

There will be brief lectures followed by discussion.

Participating in the symposium are:

Mark Carey (UO):   Carey's book, In the Shadow of Melting Glaciers: Climate Change and Andean Society, was published in 2010 by Oxford University Press. It won the Elinor Melville Prize for the Best Book in Latin American Environmental History, awarded by the American Historical Association's Conference on Latin American History. One of his articles, "The History of Ice: How Glaciers Became an Endangered Species," won the Leopold-Hidy Prize for the best article in the journal Environmental History during 2007.

Toby Dittrich (PCC):  A professor of physics at Portland Community College, Dittrich, has served as a faculty member on the annual summer “Juneau Icefield Research Program,” a long-term study of the icefield’s glacier system since it was first launched in 1946. Nearly every summer since then, from late June to late August, Dittrich helps guide approximately students from all over the world in their research.   “The program measures snowfall mass balance, to get the density of the snow, and it’s likely the world’s longest continuum record of mass balance measurements of a glacial system anywhere in the world,” Dittrich said.

Harold Zald (OSU):  Zald is a research associate in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University and lead author of a recent study on the effects of climate change on alpine meadows.  His current work shows that high mountain meadows in the Pacific Northwest are declining rapidly due to climate change as reduced snowpacks, longer growing seasons and other factors allow trees to invade these unique ecosystems that once were carpeted with grasses, shrubs and wildflowers.  

Michael Osborne (OSU):   

Osborne will review the early years of alpine skiing and alpine climate study in France and comment on the impact of global climate change on the ski industry.  Direct revenues from the ski industry account for nearly $9 Billion US annually.   What are the potential impacts and adaption prospects? A Professor of History & History of Science at OSU, Osborne is also a Research Professor of Environmental Studies and History at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Memorial Union (campus map)
Journey Room
Robert Peckyno
robert.peckyno at oregonstate.edu
School of History, Philosophy, and Religion