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Past Colloquia

From Penguins to Polar Bears: Impacts of Climate Change

Sunday, May 4, 2014 • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Fukushima and the Ocean

Fukushima and the Ocean
Thursday, May 9, 2013 • 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Drought or Deluge

Drought or Deluge: The Ocean and Earth's Changing Water Cycle
Thursday, May 17, 2012 • 7 p.m.

The Seafood Dilemma: Does It Matter Where We Get Our Seafood?

The balance of US production, imports, wild capture, and aquaculture in US seafood supply.

Where Land & Sea Meet : Managing Shoreline Change Over the Next 100 Years

How fast could sea level rise? How would rising sea level affect our coastline? These questions, and many others, were the subject of this Morss Colloquium.

Precious Metals from Deep-Sea Vents

April 2, 2009
Deep-Sea Mining of Seafloor Massive Sulfides: A Reality for Science and Society in the 21st Century. The 5th Elisabeth and Henry Morss Jr. Colloquium.

Ocean Iron Fertilization

October 19, 2007
“Give me half a tanker of iron, and I’ll give you an ice age” may rank as the catchiest line ever uttered by a biogeochemist. The man responsible was the late John Martin, former director of the Moss Landing Marine Laboratory, who discovered that sprinkling iron dust in the right ocean waters could trigger plankton blooms the size of a small city. In turn, the billions of cells produced might absorb enough heat-trapping carbon dioxide to cool the Earth’s warming atmosphere.

Fire and Ice—Climate Changes of the Past...and Future?

January 30, 2007
A public debate on the lessons from a previous warm interval in Earth's climate history.

The Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Human Pathogens in Lake Pontchartrain

November 18, 2006
The purposes of this colloquium were to provide a forum for the SGER researchers to discuss, summarize and present their combined research results to the public, promote a series of standard rapid response microbial protocols that are derived from the group's sampling efforts, and engage the public in the discussion of public health issues that potentially result from hurricane impacts to the coastal environment.

Lessons from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami

October 31, 2006
To establish a stronger link between the ocean research and engineering leadership of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and major national and international hazard mitigation programs, WHOI organized a colloquium on natural disaster management with a focus on the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.