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 Tuesday 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 Tuesday of the month
Where: The Treehouse Cafe
4569 Lynwood Center Road NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Next Open Mic Science
Tuesday May 2nd, 8:00PM
Speaker: Dr. Thomas Ackerman
Dr. Thomas Ackerman is Director of the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) and Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. From 1999 through 2005, he served as the Chief Scientist of DOE’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program and was a Battelle Fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA. The ARM Program is the largest ground-based atmospheric observing program in the world. He was Professor of Meteorology at the Pennsylvania State University from 1988 to 1999, as well as Associate Director of the Earth System Science Center. Earlier, he was a staff research scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA.
Title: Responding to Climate Change: Is Solar Climate Engineering an Option?
The Paris accord (December, 2105) signals an international effort to hold global temperature change to less than 2 C above pre-industrial levels. We think it very unlikely that this goal can be obtained without some use of solar climate engineering (SCE). SCE may be defined as the deliberate action to cool Earth's climate by reflecting additional solar radiation from the planet. Scientists have suggested that this can be accomplished either by adding small particles to the stratosphere (similar to a volcanic eruption) or by modifying clouds over the ocean to increase their reflectivity. Both approaches will be discussed. As might well be expected, the testing and deployment of SCE introduces difficult issues of ethics and policy. In fact, these three issues of science, ethics and policy are so intertwined that it is impossible to separate them. We will examine some of these linkages and the role that government and society need to play in the issue.