URI oceanographers to field questions on global warming during web chat, June 12

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KINGSTON, R.I. — June 6, 2007 — After a warm winter and the approach of another hurricane season, attention is again turned to concerns about global warming. To answer questions on this topic, two University of Rhode Island oceanographers — David Farmer and Kate Moran — will participate in an online chat on Tuesday, June 12 at 1 p.m.

Farmer is the dean of the URI Graduate School of Oceanography and the former senior scientist at the Institute for Ocean Sciences in British Columbia. He has conducted research on such topics as acoustical oceanography, oceanography of straits and coastal waters, air-sea gas exchange, and sea-ice mechanics.

Moran is assistant dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography and studies marine geotechnics, paleoceanography, and seafloor stability. She led the first scientific expedition to the epicenter of the underwater earthquake that triggered the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and she also led a team of scientists who collected a 50 million year record of climate changes from a sediment core beneath the North Pole.

A service of the URI Division of University Advancement�s electronic communications program, online chats are free and open to the public and are accessible through the URI website.

To enter the chat, go to http://advance.uri.edu/chats for instructions. Participants may submit questions in advance, but the chat will not begin until the scheduled date and time. Thirty minutes is the total time allotted for the chat. A full transcript will be posted to the University’s website once the chat has been completed. Questions about web chats should be directed to the URI Publications Office at 401-874-2075.

URI’s online chats, which began in September 2004, have featured question-and-answer sessions with such alumni as Tom Mulligan, Los Angeles Times senior correspondent discussing the Iraq war, and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ross Kaufman talking about the making of Born into Brothels, as well as with URI administrators, faculty and coaches.

The chats are made possible through the cooperation of the URI Athletics Department and College Sports Online, hosts of the GoRhody.com web site.