What is Open Mic Science?
"Open Mic Science" invites the community to an evening at The Treehouse Café on Bainbridge Island to explore ideas in all aspects of science and technology in an informal, social setting. Talks are held the first Monday of every month at 8 PM. Enjoy pizza and beer, and stay abreast of current knowledge. Open Mic Science, A Bainbridge Science Café, is based on the principles of Cafe Scientifique and is committed to the public understanding of science.
Intellectual curiosity required.
No specific science knowledge needed.
All talks are Free
When: 8pm on the first Monday of the month
Where: The Treehouse Cafe
4569 Lynwood Center Road NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Latest News (5/5/2015)
JUNE PRESENTATION – June 1, 2015, 8:00 pm
Dr. Mick Spillane from the NOAA Center for Tsunami Research will give a presentation titled “Tsunami Detection and real-time Impact Forecasting.” "Most large tsunamis are generated by submarine seismic activity, particularly in subduction zones. Like the earthquakes that cause them, tsunamis cannot be forecast in advance but if the spreading waves can be detected early, it is possible to predict quite accurately which coastal communities will be most at risk. Numerical models, run in real-time, inform the emergency response. If appropriate, the initial alert may be cancelled avoiding the cost and loss of public confidence associated with an unnecessary evacuation.
Real-time tsunami detection and reporting was in its infancy and instrumentation was confined to the Pacific when the Boxing Day tragedy struck the Indian Ocean in 2004. The lack of infrastructure for warning remote areas where impact was hours into the future compounded the problem. Today an extensive array of detection sites exists, based on bottom pressure sensors, and other means of detection are under development. Coupled with the expansion in social media, tsunami warning centers and public education of when to self-evacuate, today's capabilities should limit the likelihood of such devastating loss of life in the future.
Mick Spillane received degrees in Mathematical and Experimental Physics at University College Cork, part of the National University of Ireland. He then switched to Physical Oceanography and obtained a Ph.D. in 1980 at Oregon State University studying continental shelf waves. Returning to Ireland, Mick worked with Dr. Edward Monahan at NUI Galway, where the wind-swept climate of the nearby Aran Islands served as a prime location for marine aerosol research. Coastal circulation studies using drifters, dye releases, and current meters also kept him busy. Mick returned to OSU in 1985 and found his niche in data analysis. Since joining the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) as a JISAO scientist in 1990, Mick has been working in Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska modeling, Tropical Atmosphere Ocean (TAO) studies, software support for Eastern Pacific Investigation of Climate Processes (EPIC), and Arctic climate change. In 2005 he joined the NOAA Center for Tsunami Research (NCTR) where he has been involved with site selection for open-ocean buoys used in tsunami monitoring. He also works with the database of pre-computed tsunami propagation solutions used in forecasting and risk assessment of real-time tsunami events.
JULY, AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER
There will be no presentations during the summer months. We will resume our program on October 5, 2015.