Show: The Michael Killen Report

Episode: 09 - Frontiers in Global Ecology Research: Marion O'Leary


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Michael Killen asks Marion O'Leary of the Carnegie Institute for Science about the need to obtain better information on what is happening to the worlds great forests. Greg Assner heads a project with Carnegie's Department of Global Ecology and Google that makes satellite imagery of the worlds forest more accessible to researchers and governments. But Carnegie recognizes that more detail is needed then what satellites can provide.

The next step is to use aerial vehicles to take high resolution images and compile them into 3D maps. This will vastly improve the ability to assess the entire state of the environment by being able identify things like the species and health of trees as well as illegal logging operations deep in the forest.

Michael Killens asks Marion O'Leary to explain why it is important to gain a better understanding of the ecology in the area where land meets the sea.

Michael Killen asks Marion O'Leary to explain why there is a need to study trace gasses, which make up less that 1% of our atmosphere. Threats to our environment and economy like acid rain and the deterioration of the ozone layer have both been brought under control by gaining a better understanding of the trace gasses that cause them. New technology now makes it possible to study trace gasses in much greater detail. The Carnegie Institute for Science recognizes that studying trace gasses like carbonyl sulfide and ammonia will lead to discoveries that improve our understanding of the fundamental workings of our atmosphere and the metabolism of plants.

Michael Killen and Marion O'Leary of the Carnegia Institute for Science discuss a number topics including: the passing of the important climatologist Stephen H. Schneider, Marion's work with Chris Fields of the IPCC and Director of the Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institute for Science. Marion shares his how his personal involvement in climate science has affected him and the challenges that lie ahead in getting the rest of the world to wake up to the science.
This is a studio taping session for "Painting To Change the World"

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