Sunday :: Jan 7, 2007

Open Thread: Introducing a New Guest Blogger

by eriposte

It is with great pleasure that I'd like to introduce to you all our newest guest blogger: Professor Christina Hulbe.

Prof. Hulbe is an Associate Professor of Geology at Portland State University. She teaches courses in glaciology, geophysics, numerical modeling, and earth climate (here is her home page at the university). She is a geophysicist whose research focuses on glacier ice, particularly in the Antarctic. She uses numerical models that simulate the physics of glacier ice and observations made using satellite remote sensing. She got started in glaciology doing field work in Alaska and Antarctica but spends much of her time immersed in writing code and doing data analysis on a topic that involves truly massive amounts of data. In fact, she had recently returned to the Antarctic in November/December 2006 after 14 years and just got back to the mainland United States a couple of weeks ago. [She has a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Chicago but that's just a small detail :-)].

I invited Prof. Hulbe to blog at TLC on behalf of my co-editors because we are all seriously interested in understanding global climate change and the associated challenges and solutions. This is clearly the most serious problem facing our planet today, as Al Gore eloquently laid out in An Inconvenient Truth, and we felt it was important to get an informed view from a person who is close to the problem. I was naturally thrilled when Prof. Hulbe accepted the invitation and graciously agreed to blog as a guest at TLC. She will be writing periodically about global climate change starting this week.

For those of you who are curious, here is a webpage that talks about some of the work she was involved in relating to the break-up of ice shelves in Antarctica (like the Larsen B ice shelf in 2002).

Please join me in welcoming Prof. Hulbe to TLC and, as always, make sure you tell us what's on your mind today.

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