Scientist to address ocean drilling

For Immediate Release: Oct. 24, 2013

Alberto Malinverno

BLOOMSBURG—Alberto Malinverno, of the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, will speak about a potential energy source and factor in global climate change at Bloomsburg University on Thursday, Nov. 7.

Malinverno will speak about methane hydrates in the deep sea in a public lecture at 7 p.m. in Hartline Science Center, room 108. On Friday, Nov. 8, he will meet informally with students and faculty in the environmental, geographical and geological sciences department.

Malinverno, one of this year’s distinguished lecturers supported by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, sailed as a logging scientist on research expeditions in the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program. He will speak about deposits of methane that are trapped in ice in the deep sea, which are both a potential source of energy and a possible factor in global climate change, as methane is a very powerful greenhouse gas. He will review past studies and new directions on the subject.

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