Tune in virtually to a timely discussion on climate change and the fate of our planet with Erich Osterberg, associate professor of earth sciences. Osterberg, a leading scholar on climate change, will offer a thought-provoking presentation that will shed light on one of the most pressing topics facing the world today.

About the Program

Sea level is already rising today, threatening the world’s coastal communities, ecosystems, and trillions of dollars in shoreline investments. As glaciers accelerate their melting from global warming, how much can we realistically expect sea level to rise? What does Earth’s climate history preserved in glacier ice cores tell us about our future? Drawing on his teaching and polar research with Dartmouth students, Osterberg will reveal the emerging picture of our children’s coastlines and discuss how we can avoid the worst impacts of sea level rise.

There is no cost to participate, but advance registration is required. Details for connecting to the webinar via Zoom will be shared with all registrants 24 hours before the program. Not able to make the webinar? Sign up to receive a recording afterward.

Questions? Please contact alumni.relations.communities@dartmouth.edu.

Erich Osterberg

Dr. Erich Osterberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at Dartmouth College. Erich studies how earth’s glaciers and weather patterns responded to natural climate cycles in the past, and how they are responding to human-caused climate change today. His specialty is collecting and analyzing ice cores from remote polar regions and mountaintops to study changes in glacier melting, storminess, snowfall, and air pollution. His research has taken him and his students on 23 expeditions to Greenland, Antarctica, Arctic Canada, and Alaska over the last 16 years, including two snowmobile traverses across the Greenland Ice Sheet to determine how fast it is melting and raising sea level.

Erich’s 43 peer-reviewed publications describe melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet and Alaskan glaciers, warming Arctic temperatures and shrinking sea ice, intensifying storms in the North Pacific and New England, and rising mercury and lead pollution from Asia. He received his PhD from the University of Maine, his MSc in geology from the University of Otago in New Zealand as a Fulbright Scholar, and his BA in geology from Middlebury College.  He lives in Etna, NH with his wife and two sons.