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In our second Webcast with biologist Steve Hastings, we'll learn about his collaborative research experiment in Barrow. As the climate changes in the Arctic, the amount of water on the tundra is affected (more rainfall, shorter freeze periods, changing sea levels,etc). How will these changes effect the tundra's release of greenhouse gases? Will less permafrost mean more or less CO2 in the atmosphere? Will warmer temperatures cause more evaporation? Will that be good or bad for the environment? The Census of Marine Life is a growing global network of researchers in more than 70 nations engaged in a ten year (2000-2010) mission to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of marine life in the oceans. Rolf Gradinger is an expert in Sea Ice Communities, studying the tiny animals that actually live inside the ice and those that live on the bottom of the ice sheets. We'll chat with Rolf about his current work, drilling ice cores just off Barrow, and looking for some of the world's most unique fauna. Meet Barrow scientist and Ice Stories blogger Steve Hastings, who is investigating how the tundra responds to climate change. What exactly is the tundra? How can vegetation, no more than 3 inches tall, play such an important role in the world's climate? Why does the tundra release so much CO2?
The Exploratorium's remote crew has landed in Barrow, AK, to showcase the vast array of science being conducted at this northernmost tip of the continent. Join us for this introduction to Barrow: where is it? why are so many scientists here? why are May and June such important times? The Exploratorium celebrates the 20th anniversary of Pi Day with a pie-throwing contest, Pi Day exhibits in Second Life, and more activities honoring everyone's favorite mathematical constant. Join us for more conversation with David Ainley and other researchers studying Adelie penguins in Antarctica’s Ross Sea. Join Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty as he gives us an update on Mars and examines the possibility of an upcoming asteroid collision with the red planet! Scientist working on the South Pole Telescope explain data collection, focusing on the telescope's receiver, a precise instrument with a thousand "eyes" pointed to the distant universe. Hear more from scientists working on the Ice Cube telescope at the South Pole. Meet glaciologist Slawek Tulaczyk and his team, who work in the fast-emerging field of ice sheet dynamics. They speak to us just after returning from a month at a remote camp on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.