Burkhart creates webinar for Geo Society of America


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Patrick Burkhart, Slippery Rock University professor of geography, geology and the environment, spearheaded the recording of a webinar, "Savor the Cryosphere," at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America. Burkhart chaired the meeting.

"Savor the Cryosphere" documents the distribution of glacial ice in the historic past and today, while offering projections for its extent in the near future.

"Retreat of glaciers portends loss of these environmental archives, diminished flows of rivers during dry seasons and rising sea levels," Burkhart said. "These impacts can add substantial stress to populations dependent upon riverine water supply, while rising sea level will disrupt coastal communities. 'Savor the Cryosphere' is a call to witness the impact of humans upon their environment; an impact that will greatly challenge many communities.

The Geological Society of American is a non-profit organization working to advance geosciences in the service of humankind. Scientists from colleges and universities, NASA, the National Science Foundation and United States Geological Survey participated in the conference.