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.
“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.
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.
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.