Scientists to lecture on atmosphere

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Yampatika Soup Session Series

  • Thursday, January 10, 2008, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Olympian Hall, Howelsen Hill, Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / $12

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— Storm Peak Laboratory scientists Dr. Gannet Hallar and Ian McCubbin will share information from the atmospheric research station atop Mount Werner in tonight's public lecture, the "State of Our Atmosphere."

The presentation begins at 5:30 p.m. in Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill. It is the first of three scheduled "Soup Session" lectures sponsored by the Yampatika environmental education center.

"This is just another forum where we can reach and engage people with environmental issues, and they can hear it straight from the experts," said Jenn Wright, Yampatika's executive director.

Before the lecture, the audience will be treated to soup, chili and desserts prepared by Yampatika staff.

Hallar said the presentation will be two-fold. The first half will focus on atmospheric pollutants from Asia, such as mercury and ozone. The second half will take a look at recent climate change studies and impacts on Northwest Colorado.

"These are all current research projects up at the lab," said Hallar, the laboratory's director. "We are trying to understand at the Storm Peak lab how that Asian long-range pollution transport doesn't just affect Steamboat Springs, but the nation as a whole."

Hallar hopes the lecture, which will be followed by a question and answer session, helps broach the hot-button topic in a frank and open discussion based on science, not politics.

"It's such a polarizing issue," she said. "For me, it's always been a science issue, and it's just sad that it's turning into a political one."

Wright said climate change is of special interest to Steamboat, because of the impact global warming may have on the Steamboat Ski Area.

"I think it is a delicate issue that many ski areas are concerned with, but we don't know what the long-term effects are going to be," she said. " These lectures are a way of showing what the research has shown so far."

Other upcoming Yampatika-sponsored lectures include "Water in the West" on Feb. 18 and "The Beetle Epidemic and What it Means for Us" on March 20.

Admission to the lecture and soup supper is $12, which will go toward Yampatika's environmental education programs.

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