Field Notes from the Fall AGU meeting

The Ice911 dream team is back from the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in Washington, DC and what a time was had (scroll down for the pictures)! Of particular interest was the Climate Change Solution section. Marking their centennial, AGU dedicated an entire section to climate change solutions, which is where we play a big role, fostering multidisciplinary interactions between the scientific community, like NASA, NCAR and the EPA and the media intrigued by these solutions.

NOAA also released their Arctic Report Card during this time, which revealed some quite dire concerns around the ice in the Arctic. The oldest and thickest ice (the most reflective ice) in the Arctic has declined by 95 percent over the past three decades.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center also found the summer sea ice minimum extent has dropped to its smallest size in recorded history. It’s now below 3.41 million square kilometers or 1.32 million square miles.

While this new data is very concerning, our solution to restore Arctic ice is the single safest lever in the fight to mitigate climate change.

During one of the many wonderful presentations, Mike MacCracken Chief Scientist for Climate Change Programs at the Climate Institute, spoke on the Paris Agreement. Even with the mitigation and conservation the countries have committed to reaching, we will see a significant rise in global temperatures, by 2.7 - 3.7 degrees Celsius, within 30 - 40 years. That means we really need to address other solutions that can reduce this temperature rise, and slow down the effects of climate change, like restoring Arctic ice!

Part of the dream team on site was founder and CEO of Ice911, Dr. Leslie Field, Alex Sholtz in research and development, Subarna Bhattacharyya of Climformatics and her 10th grade son, Soham Saha. Soham is a student at Mission San Jose High School and presented on Dry and Wet Spells in Western Coastal United States, How often do they occur?' Soham is also a budding jazz musician, plays bass, guitar, saxophone and will definitely be one to watch as a future STEM innovator! 

During the Fall Meeting, Leslie presented on various Polar Restoration Action Group (PRAG) solutions and how Ice911’s solution to restore Arctic ice is the most achievable at mitigating a changing climate. You can also view Ice911’s poster on Development of a method for Arctic ice restoration using high-albedo reflective materials for localized surface treatments.

More posters: Modeling and Assessing Impact of Artificially Enhancing the Arctic Sea Ice Albedo Subarna Bhattacharyya1 , Detelina Ivanova4 , Velimir Mlaker1 , Leslie A Field2, 3 1. Climformatics, Fremont, CA, US. 2. Ice911 Research, Menlo Park, CA, United States. 3. Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, 4. Scripps Institute of Oceanography, San Diego, CA, US

Climformatics provides Ice911 detailed climate modeling, simulation and impact assessment of Ice911 albedo enhancing technology. Using the fully coupled Community Earth System Model (CESM) which consists of atmospheric, ocean, land and sea ice components interacting and exchanging water and energy fluxes via coupler, we simulate the effect of Ice911 material by perturbing the sea ice albedo in key Arctic regions and carry out detailed impact assessment of Ice911 technology both regionally, globally, as well as in the near and long term.

A few of the conference and media events are viewable on AGU’s 2018 Fall Meeting Playlist. The Climate Change Solution section at the Fall Meeting gives us something to look forward to! Leslie has been invited to co-lead an upcoming conference on climate solutions in Vancouver in June, 2019. More details on that soon. For now, enjoy some fun photos below!