Join Dr. Indrani Das, Lamont Associate Research Professor and Glaciologist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, for a special family-friendly science program where she will take us on a scientific adventure in Antarctica through watercolors.
In this special STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) session, Dr. Das will discuss Antarctica, explain how ice sheets form, how ice moves, and what causes ice to expand and shrink.
She’ll also explain how climate change is causing the ice sheet to change and its present contribution to sea level rise, as well as how these changes are affecting the animals and birds that are commonly found in Antarctica.
She’ll do this through her personal artwork and field photographs from her research expeditions.
This program is designed for children ages six to twelve, and children are invited to submit images of their own drawings of Antarctic animals and birds ahead of time.
Please submit your drawing to [email protected] by EOD Sunday, September 13 for a chance to be included in Dr. Das's presentation.
Children may also submit questions at registration and two will be chosen to appear on camera in discussion with Dr. Das.
About Dr. Indrani Das
Fields of Interest: Mass balance of Antarctica and Greenland ice sheets, and mountain glaciers deep ice processes, Climate change and sea level rise. Airborne laser altimetry and ice penetrating radar, satellite remote sensing, surface energy and mass balance models, ice surface hydrology,dust and aerosols. I have a Glaciology and Atmospheric Sciences background with expertise in satellite and airborne remote sensing. The main area of my research include mass balance of ice sheets and ice shelves. I study physical processes that impact the mass balance and stability of ice sheets and ice shelves, ice-atmosphere and ice-ocean interactions using a combination of satellite remote sensing, airborne radar and laser altimeter, ground based measurements, and modeling. I did my Ph.D in Atmospheric Physics from Indian Space Research Organization in 2007 where I worked on radiative transfer algorithms to retrieve marine aerosols from satellite data. After briefly working on estimating snow depth in the Himalayas, in 2007 I came as a postdoc to University of Alaska Fairbanks to work on mass balance of Alaskan glaciers using airborne laser altimetry. In 2010, I came to Lamont-Doherty Earth observatory to work on surface processes impacting surface mass balance of Antarctica. I am now an Assistant Research Professor and my work has evolved to include both surface and basal processes of ice sheets and ice shelves. I also work on paleo observations of accumulation rates and climate history of Greenland ice sheet.
**Please note if you are unable to join the Webinar live, we will share a recording after the event to anyone who registers.**