TechBrick: November 6, 2008:
Our FLL Teams Visit a Johns Hopkins Department of Each and Planetary Sciences
On Thursday, November 6, five TechBrick families attended a 90 minute presentation at Johns Hopkins University on the topic of climate. Using a power point presentation, Dr. Albert Arking (see his biography below) taught on many subjects related to climate and our environment such as:
- recorded extreme temperatures around the world
- comparison of planetary temperatures and environments
- atmospheric differences and the effects on temperature
- causes and effects of green house gases on the earth
- viewing tables that reveal temperature changes through time.
Dr. Arking discussed the challenges involved with increasing temperatures and some solutions to the problem, such as focusing on new sources of energy like solar, while depending less on fossil fuels. The students asked questions about the effects of temperature on rainfall and the challenges the Chesapeake Bay may as a result of climate change in the future. This was a great opportunity for the students to interact with a specialist in this field of climate. TechBrick is very grateful to Dr. Arking for the time he invested in these young scientists and engineers!
Dr. Albert Arking is a Principal Research Scientist at the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, since 1992. Previously, he was a Senior Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. During his tenure at Goddard, he served as Head of the Climate and Radiation Branch in the Laboratory for Atmospheres, 1979-91, and as Project Scientist for the TIROS Project (which designed, developed, and built the polar orbiting operational meteorological satellites for NOAA that are now in operation), 1973-82. He was a member of the First ISCCP (International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project) Regional Experiment Team, 1984-91, and was a member of the Nimbus 7 Experiment Team for the Earth Radiation Budget experiment, 1975-85. http://www.jhu.edu/~aarking1