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Freshwater Forcing of Climate 8200 Years Ago

Date: Friday, October 10, 2003
Location: Carriage House, Quissett Campus, Woods Hole Oceanographic Insitution

As concern about the magnitude and rate of future climate change looms, it becomes increasingly important to understand the mechanisms underlying past abrupt climate change events. A cold event that occurred 8200 years ago, which affected much of the Northern Hemisphere, appears to have been triggered by the sudden release of fresh water from a huge, glacier-dammed lake that had formed during the deglaciation of North America. This abrupt climate change is probably most amenable to detailed examination because it is the most recent such event. If you are interested in this topic please join us on:


Time Speaker Title
8:30 a.m. Lloyd Keigwin, WHOI
Freshwater Forcing of Climate 8200 Years Ago
9:00 Jim Teller, University of Manitoba
The Routing of Lake Agassiz Overflow: Drama and Dilemma
10:00 Heiner Josenhans, Bedford Institute of Oceanography
Geophysical Evidence for Massive Discharge Events
11:15 Brian MacLean, Bedford Institute of Oceanography Anne Jennings, University of Colorado
Hudson Strait and Ungava Bay Geology, and Late Glacial and Deglaciation History
1:00 p.m. Gary Clarke, University of British Columbia
Physics of Outburst Floods and Implications for the Final Flood from Lake Agassiz
2:00 Frank McDermott, University College Dublin
The 8,200 Year Event; Insights from a Stalagmite Record from Crag Cave, S.W. Ireland'
3:15 Mike Lewis, Bedford Institute of Oceanography
Fresh Water Fluxes Through the Great Lakes

Invited guests not formally presenting:
David Leverington, Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, Smithsonian Institution
Donald Barber, Geology Department, Bryn Mawr College