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Science on Deck

UMD Research Vessel Blue Heron
August 28, 2017

On September 1, tour UMD's research vessel and learn about ice on the big lake. 

On Friday, Sept. 1, the scientists and staff of UMD's Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) invite the public to board and tour LLO’s Blue Heron research vessel during “Science on Deck.” The ship will be docked at Twin Ports Harbor near the Great Lakes Aquarium, 353 Harbor Drive. This event is free and runs from 12-4 pm.

At 3:15 pm, Dr. Jay Austin will present "Ice on the big lake: Observations and implications."  Dr. Austin’s research fits into a fairly broad definition of coastal physical oceanography and limnology, as his interests extend beyond the coastal zone to estuaries and lakes. His recent work has focused on the long-term effects of climate change on large lakes, especially how ice fits into the picture. 

About Large Lakes Observatory
LLO operates the largest university-owned research vessel (R/V) in the Great Lakes, the R/V Blue Heron. The Blue Heron is part of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), and is chartered by research scientists on any of the Great Lakes.

Located on the Duluth campus of the University of Minnesota, LLO is the only institute in the country dedicated to the study of large lakes throughout the world. They focus on the global implications of investigations in the areas of aquatic chemistry, circulation dynamics, geochemistry, acoustic remote sensing, plankton dynamics, sedimentology and paleoclimatology.

Please contact Lisa at for questions or to confirm group attendance.

Visit LLO’s website.