York U Earth Day experts: Boiling effect of climate change on Earth’s water and ice


TORONTO, April 17, 2017 – As the planet heats up, York University water experts can discuss the effects of climate change on fresh water lakes, invasive species, natural disaster management and Arctic ice, in the lead up to Earth Day, April 22.

Usman Khan, Assistant Professor in the Lassonde School of Engineering, can talk about storm water and watershed management in the face of increasingly wild storms, ways to track potential flooding, techniques for improving urban water quality, and risk assessment.

Sapna Sharma, Associate biology Professor, Faculty of Science, can speak about how climate change is affecting fresh water lakes, warming surface temperatures of lakes, water quality, freshwater fisheries, invasive species and environmental stressors.

William Colgan, Assistant Professor, Lassonde School of Engineering, can talk about glacier melt in the Arctic, what satellite observations and computer simulations reveal about changes to the Greenland Ice sheet, rising sea levels and the effect of human activities on glaciers. (He is available by phone or email.)


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