The Fridtjof Nansen Lectures on Ocean Life 2017

Welcome! Open for all. Main lecture: Marcia McNutt, geophysicist and president of the US Academy of Sciences, on: "Reconciling Energy Resource Extraction with Ecosystem Health – Lessons from Deepwater Horizon". (The Fridtjof Nansen Lectures on Ocean Life are part of the UiO Day of the Arctic).

Fridtjof Nansen (Wikipedia).

The aim of this lecture series is to increase the understanding of the importance of international research on sustainable use of marine systems.

All are welcome! The event is held in English.


The Fridtjof Nansen Lectures on Ocean Life are part of the UiO Day of the Arctic (same venue).

For the Day of the Arctic lectures, visit this webpage.

Programme for The Fridtjof Nansen Lectures on Ocean Life

Start: 16:15

Nils Chr. Stenseth, University of Oslo
"Introduction"

Rector Svein Stølen, University of Oslo
"The annual UiO Day of the Arctic"

Cecilie Mauritzen, Oceanographer and climate scientist
"Physical oceanography - the legacy of Nansen and Helland-Hansen"

Marit Reigstad, University of Tromsø, the Artic University of Norway
"The Nansen Legacy"

Marcia McNutt, US Academy of Sciences
The Fridtjof Nansen Lecture on Ocean Life:
"Reconciling Energy Resource Extraction with Ecosystem Health – Lessons from Deepwater Horizon"

Abstract: The Deepwater Horizon oil spill brought into sharp focus the challenge of balancing energy extraction with the need to maintain a healthy environment for the benefit of the marine ecosystems and all of the industries that benefit off them. The response to the spill itself involved the use of science to understand what would be the major immediate and long-term risks to the marine ecosystem from the oil spill, and what interventions could lessen the severity of any impacts. The settlement from the spill provides an opportunity to raise the level of scientific understanding and rebalance the portfolio to provide for a healthier ecosystem and more robust economy.

Bio: Marcia McNutt is a geophysicist and president of the National Academy of Sciences. From 2013 to 2016, she served as editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals. Prior to joining Science, she was director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) from 2009 to 2013. During her tenure, the USGS responded to a number of major disasters, including earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and Japan, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. McNutt led a team of government scientists and engineers at BP headquarters in Houston who helped contain the oil and cap the well. She directed the flow rate technical group that estimated the rate of oil discharge during the spill’s active phase. For her contributions, she was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard’s Meritorious Service Medal. (Source: The National Academy of Sciences webpage. Read the full text.)

End: 18:00

Published Oct. 31, 2017 11:02 AM - Last modified Nov. 9, 2017 10:38 AM