LPL Evening Lecture Series: Dr. Shane Byrne
Ice Cores and Climate on an Alien World
Dr. Shane Byrne
Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
Thousands of Earth-like planets around other stars will soon be known, but the Earth could be unusual and not make a good comparison. Earth’s climate is so complicated that despite decades of space-based observations and ice-core analysis we only recently discovered how drastically it’s changing. Mars offers another Earth-like climate without the complicating effects of oceans, life and human activity, but still possessing ice caps that record its climate. Studying Mars’ climate record, with the tools we’ve developed here on Earth, helps us understand the climate of Earth-like planets both in our solar system and throughout the galaxy. The University of Arizona continues to play a leading role in exploring Mars ice and climate through our past and present spacecraft instruments and missions. I’ll describe the progress we’ve made and our future exploration directions.
This event is free and open to the public. All lectures will take place in the University of Arizona Kuiper Space Sciences Lecture Hall, room 308. The building is located at 1629 E. University Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Parking in university surface parking lots is free after 5 p.m. Please be careful not to park in service or reserved spaces. Metered street parking is also available at no cost after 5 p.m. Parking in the Cherry Avenue Garage is available after 5 p.m. at a cost of $1.00 per hour.
For more information visit the LPL Evening Lecture Series page.
Kuiper Space Sciences, Room 308