Location: Simons IMAX Theatre

Aquarium Lecture Series

Crazy Weather and the Arctic Meltdown: How Are They Connected?

Thursday, October 19

 Jennifer Francis, Ph.D., Research Professor I, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University

Does it seem as though the weather gods have gone crazy lately? It is not your imagination. The question on everyone’s minds is why? And is it related to climate change? In this presentation, Dr. Jennifer Francis will explain new research that links increasing extreme weather events with the rapidly warming and melting Arctic during recent decades. Evidence suggests that Arctic warming is causing weather patterns to become more persistent, which can lead to extremes such as droughts, cold spells, heat waves, and some flooding events.