The release of carbon under the Arctic permafrost would alter Earth’s climate forever. Braving endless hordes of mosquitoes, quicksand, and extreme temperatures, researchers are racing against the clock to educate us all about the changes we must make in order to preserve Earth’s carbon balance. Join us 7pm, November 21st (7pm start time), for a dynamic multimedia presentation followed by a panel discussion.
The multimedia presentation, based on Braided River’s new book The Big Thaw: Ancient Carbon, Modern Science, and a Race to Save the World, will share the story of the Arctic scientists studying the role of permafrost thawing in the climate collapse, and the solutions that we must all work towards to draw down our carbon emissions. The presentation will be by Max Holmes, senior scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center and photographer Chris Linder, followed by a panel discussion.
Dr. Robert Max Holmes is deputy director and senior scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center. He is an earth system scientist who studies rivers and their watersheds and how climate change and other disturbances are impacting the cycles of water and chemicals in the environment. He previously served as director of the National Science Foundation’s Arctic System Science Program and in 2015 was elected National Fellow of the Explorers Club.
Chris Linder is a professional science and natural history photographer. A former US Navy officer and oceanographer, Linder now focuses on communicating the stories of scientists working in extreme environments. Linder is a Senior Fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers, a Fellow National in the Explorers Club, and a member of the SeaLegacy Collective.
About The Big Thaw: Ancient Carbon, Modern Science, and a Race to Save the World
In The Big Thaw, readers meet a diverse team of scientists and students who have been studying the permafrost and what lies beneath: a vast store of ancient carbon, more than four times the quantity found in all of today’s forests, which is releasing carbon dioxide and methane as the permafrost thaws. The release of all this carbon would alter Earth’s climate forever. Braving endless hordes of mosquitoes, quicksand, and extreme temperatures, the researchers are racing against the clock to educate us all about the changes we must make in order to preserve Earth’s carbon balance. www.braidedriver.org/the-big-thaw