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Environment / Sustainability

Antarctic Lecture Nov. 30

November 20, 2009

How has the snowpack and hydrology of the Antarctic been affected by climate changes? Steven Fassnacht, associate professor of snow hydrology at CSU, will explain in the third lecture of the Antarctic Fall 2009 Series.

Steven Fassnacht, associate professor of snow hydrology in CSU's Watershed Science Program, on Byers Peninsula, Antartica.

Monday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m.
Fort Collins Main Library
Ben Delatour Room  

The third lecture in the Antarctic Fall 2009 series will be presented by Steven Fassnacht, Ph.D., an associate professor of snow hydrology in the Watershed Science Program at Colorado State University.

The title of the lecture is, "Walking through the Snow: Hydrology and Climate Change on Livingston Island, Antarctica."

The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, in the Ben Delatour Room, Fort Collins Main Library, 201 Peterson Street. The lecture is free and open to the public.  

Fieldwork around the world

Fassnacht received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario Canada and was a research associate in the Hydrology and Water Resources Department at the University of Arizona before coming to CSU.

His work focuses on understanding snowpack and hydrological processes and how they are represented in models used for water forecasting and simulating climate.

Fassnach has done fieldwork in various parts of the world, including the Mackenzie Delta near the Beaufort Sea of the Arctic Ocean, Ontario Canada, New Mexico, Colorado, Mongolia, the Spanish Pyrenees Mountains, and recently in Antarctica.

Work on Byers Peninsula off Antarctic Peninsula

The work on Byers Peninsula of the South Shetland Islands, off the Antarctic Peninsula, considers the possible impact of climate change on the hydrology of a permafrost and snowcover dominated watershed. 

Fassnach's primary research interests are the improvement of the understanding of snow and cold land hydrological processes, and their incorporation into various scales and complexities of models.

This event is being sponsored by the Global School of Environmental Sustainability.

Contact: Uffe N. Nielsen
Phone: (970) 491-1964