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Rosenstiel School PhD student receives award at SCAR Conference

Corinne Hartin

MIAMI — February 4, 2011 — Corinne Hartin, a Ph.D student at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, was awarded best oral presentation at the 2010 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Open Science Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“I am extremely proud of Corinne for her important work to better understanding the role ocean water plays in climate change,” said Rana Fine, professor of Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry and Hartin’s advisor.

Hartin’s presentation, titled "Properties, ventilation and circulation of Subantarctic Mode Water and Antarctic Intermediate Water in the South Pacific during the Last Glacial Maximum from NCAR-CCSM3," is part of her graduate work in the Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry division at the Rosenstiel School.

Subantarctic Mode Water and Antarctic Intermediate Water are water masses that transport heat, freshwater and man-made CO2 from the Southern Ocean to the subtropical and equatorial regions. Hartin is studying how variations in these large volumes of waters, which sink from the surface into the interior ocean, may play a vital role in climate change over timescales of millions of years.  The research is important to better inventory man-made sources of carbon dioxide sequestered in the ocean.

The SCAR Open Science Conferences are held every two years to draw attention to Antarctic issues. They provide an opportunity for scientists from a variety of disciplines and countries to present their work, network and become more involved in SCAR science activities.

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