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NASA Scientists Speaking on Global Warming July 12

July 7, 2011

earth and leafSAN LUIS OBISPO -- Global warming is all but guaranteed, judging by data being gathered now about Earth’s ocean temperatures, according to NASA scientist Jorge Vasquez.

Vasquez will speak about his research and the role of Earth’s oceans in global warming on Tuesday, July 12, at Cal Poly in a free public lecture titled "Global Warming Guaranteed: It's All About Watching the Oceans!"

Vasquez is a researcher and task scientist for the Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center (PO.DAAC) at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The center serves as the central clearinghouse for measurements of ocean wind speed and direction, ocean height, and sea surface temperature made by NASA satellites. Per cubic centimeter, oceans store 1,000 times more heat than air, and ocean temperature is a major indicator of climate change.

Vasquez’ research involves trying to improve the quality of the sea surface temperature data being collected by NASA. Vasquez and his project have provided valuable data to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

He will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Room 123 of Building 8 (Ag Engineering) on North Perimeter Drive at Cal Poly. See here for a campus map.

The event is sponsored by the Cal Poly Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESaME), the Central Coast Science Project (CCSP), and NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Contact cesame@calpoly.edu for further details.

 

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