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Hope Physics and Geology Departments Seminar: Cole Persch '20

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Thursday, February 29, 2024 11am

27 Graves Place, Holland, MI 49423-3617

Understanding the Global Carbon Cycle through Climate Models 
Over the past one million years, Earth has experienced several glacial and interglacial periods. As a glacial period is ending, carbon in the atmosphere can rise by up to 50%. The cause for this change is currently unknown, but most theories suggest that this carbon is released from the deep ocean into the atmosphere. On the same timescale,  Earth's orbit goes through cycles that may be responsible. This work explores different parts of the global ocean in climate models   to see how much of a role Earth's orbital  cycles have in explaining past fluctuations  in atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Bio: Cole is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Atmospheric and  Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Most of his  time is spent analyzing climate models or teaching introductory science 
courses, but he takes any chance he can get to head up in the mountains  for hiking and skiing. He graduated from Hope College in 2020 with a  dual degree in math and physics while researching neutron- [!] [!] rich isotopes in the Nuclear Lab.

Meet Cole in this short interview  https://youtu.be/GFP XRB2oBU

 

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