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The Power of the Sea: An Evening with Bruce Parker

The Power of the Sea: An Evening with Bruce Parker

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The New York Academy of Sciences

Presented By

Presented by Science & the City


Every time we turn on the news it seems like the earth is on the attack—tsunamis, storm surges, and El Niño feel like connected threats. Bruce Parker's The Power of the Sea, tells the story of our struggle to protect humanity from the waters that surround us. Through the lens of physics, Parker interweaves compelling disaster stories with scientific discoveries from ancient man through today and explains how we use modern technology to predict the sea’s destructive power.

We have had many successes in our ability to predict disasters and save lives, but we are still searching for solutions to problems that remain in predicting tsunamis, rogue waves, as well as critical aspects of El Niño and climate change.

The Power of the Sea dramatically shows how marine science impacts all our lives and how it can help us predict and then prepare for some of the most devastating natural disasters.

Join Science & the City and Dr. Parker for a talk about the power and wonder of the sea.

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Bruce Parker, PhD


Bruce Parker first experienced the sea as a young boy working at his father's scuba diving and water ski schools in the Bahamas. Over the years he mixed his encounters with the sea with academic training and research, to eventually become a world-recognized expert in the oceanographic subjects covered in The Power of the Sea. Bruce Parker is the former Chief Scientist of the National Ocean Service in NOAA, the former Director of the Coast Survey Development Laboratory, and the former Director of the World Data Center for Oceanography. Dr. Parker is presently a Visiting Professor at the Center for Maritime Systems at the Stevens Institute of Technology.

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