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Learn how photos are used to study the earth

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When the weather's bad outside, outdoor types may want to go inside and learn about the outdoors. The Burke Museum of Natural History is presenting a four-part series that reveals how scientists use advanced photography to research the environment.
Wednesday: Volcanoes -- Supporting Life Under the Sea. Debbie Kelley, a University of Washington associate director for science, will explain how imaging is used on seafloor hot springs to study biological communities thriving in some of the most extreme environments on Earth.
Oct. 30: Imaging Greenland's Ice from Earth and Space. A team of oceanographers from the University of Washington and Woods Hole Institute in Massachusetts is using high- resolution space-borne cameras, helicopters and GPS-enabled cameras to document changes to shrinking ice sheets that cover Greenland and Antarctica.
Nov. 7: Wildflowers, Climate Change and Scientists. UW biology professor Janneke Hille Ris Lambers and doctoral candidate Elinore Theobald will explain how crowd-sourcing can be used to document what is happening to flowers, pollinators and ecosystems.
Nov. 14: Orcas in Puget Sound. Senior vessel captain and field biologist Dave Ellifrit will share highlights from the photography library of orcas in Puget Sound, which he helped build. He'll discuss what the photos have revealed about orcas.
Each talk begins at 7 p.m. at the museum, 17th Avenue NE and NE 45th Street, Seattle.
Cost is $5 at the door, free for Burke members and University of Washington students, staff and faculty with school ID.
Registration is encouraged at www.burkemuseum.org/events.
Story tags » PhotographyNature and Environment

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