Ledge Talks: Does NASA want to hear from us? Turns out the answer is “yes”!

Ledge Talks: Does NASA want to hear from us? Turns out the answer is “yes”!

(YELLOWKNIFE, NT) April 19, 2017 – The Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) is a NASA field campaign to study the environmental and societal effects of environmental change in Alaska and northwestern Canada. NASA scientists are working with US and Canadian partners to examine such issues as thawing permafrost, wildfire expansion, and changes to wildlife habitats across a region that spans 6.3 million square kilometers (2.4 million square miles). The multi-year effort will integrate satellite and airborne remote sensing with ground observations to better understand the ecological and social impacts of the rapidly changing climate. NASA welcomes the people of the Northwest Territories to participate through contributions of citizen science or traditional knowledge.

The Legislative Assembly Library is pleased to present two dynamic NASA scientists in a public forum in the Great Hall of the Legislative Assembly on April 20, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. It is the latest edition of Ledge Talks: The Knowledge Series.

Dr. Peter Griffith is the founding director of NASA’s Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Office and is Chief Support Scientist for the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE). He also directs the team that supports the Carbon Cycle & Ecosystems Focus Area at the headquarters for NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System (http://carbon.nasa.gov), and the North American Carbon Program (http://www.nacarbon.org), a component of the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

Dr. Charles “Chip” Miller is the Deputy Science Team Lead for the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment and the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Carbon in Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment. He is the Deputy PI for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory and a member of the science teams for NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System and the Megacities Carbon Project. (https://science.jpl.nasa.gov/projects/CARVE).

Ledge Talks: The Knowledge Series is a forum for a wide variety of speakers to present current ideas, science, traditional knowledge, and issues relevant to the Northwest Territories and beyond.  Ledge Talks will also showcase research done by many GNWT employees – often with collaborating partners – who are making substantial contributions to the world’s understanding of the North. Questions and discussion will follow the presentation.  Media and the public are welcome.  The event will be webcast via the Legislative Assembly website: www.assembly.gov.nt.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Danielle Mager
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Legislative Assembly of the NWT
P: 867-767-9130 ext. 12017 or toll-free 1-800-661-0784
F: 867-920-4735
E: Danielle_mager@gov.nt.ca