Michigan Tech Research Forum

Spring 2018 Distinguished Lecturer—Dr. Sarah Green

Sarah Green

Excerted from an article written by Kim Gierger for Michigant Tech News | Published 

Best case scenario. Worst case scenario. Sarah Green talks about the human impacts of climate change and responding to those changes on local and global scales. Green, a professor in both the Department of Chemistry and the Great Lakes Research Center at Michigan Technological University, presented the Spring 2018 Distinguished Lecture at the Michigan Tech Research Forum. Her lecture, "Expanding Spheres: Atoms to Earth, Local to Global, Science to Society," was Thursday, February 15, 2018.

Green joined the Department of Chemistry at Michigan Tech in 1994, serving as department chair from 2004 to 2013. She spent the next year at the US State Department as a Jefferson Science Fellow in the Bureau of East Asia-Pacific Affairs. She currently serves as co-chair for the Scientific Advisory Panel on the Sixth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6), United Nations Environment Programme. One of her regular collaborators, Mike Abbott, director of the Great Lakes Research Center Operations, nominated Green.

“Sarah has been part of several major climate-related/environmental monitoring efforts over the last 15 years," he says, "beginning with KITES, the very successful 2002 NSF-funded project that spawned nearly every other subsequent environmental monitoring effort in the upper Great Lakes. This work continues today with the Army Corps of Engineers, the Alliance for Coastal Technologies and NOAA's Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS).”

"We are linked to our environment by flows of atoms, and some of them are causing planet-wide changes. Chemical flows help visualize the big picture of climate change and the human impacts. The ultimate challenge in understanding how things work is to consider the whole Earth as a system of physical, biological and human processes."Sarah Green

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