Climate change is one of the most critical issues challenging the oceans today, and Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have piqued discussions on whether it plays a role in more frequent and more intense weather.

Here at Central Wharf—as part of the Aquarium’s mission to be a catalyst for global change through public engagement and leadership in education—we are hosting thought-provoking lectures on this issue in this year’s FREE LECTURE SERIES.

The series begins tonight at the Simons IMAX® Theatre with “Extreme Events and Climate Change: What We Know and What We Can Do,” presented by Ellen Marie Douglas, PE, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Hydrology, School for the Environment, University of Massachusetts Boston.

This lecture is co-hosted by the League of Women Voters of Boston and Massachusetts and the University of Massachusetts Boston School for the Environment.

According to Douglas, small changes in an average value, such as average global temperatures, will have bigger effects on the extremes. Record-breaking events will always occur, but the time between these events should increase. Under climate change, records are getting broken in record time! She will discuss observations of our changing climate, what changes may be in Boston’s future, and some plans for how to adapt to these changes.

Hurricane Isabel in 2003 taken from International Space Station
From his vantage point high above the Earth in the International Space Station, Astronaut Ed Lu captured this broad view of Hurricane Isabel in 2003.

The lecture series will continue on Thursdays with presentations on how climate change is affecting the Antarctic, how to talk about climate change in productive ways, how to learn from and use previous environmental successes to better manage today’s problems, among other topics.

For a complete list of lectures and to register, please visit our website.