Dr. Leslie Field to Present Deployable Methods to Save Polar Ice and Slow Global Climate Impacts on June 6th at ASL

Dr. Leslie Field​, founder of Ice911 Research Corporation, an environmental 501(c)3 non-profit focused on the urgent problem of polar ice melt, will present a seminar, “Slowing Climate Change Impacts by Saving Polar Ice” at the ASL on June 6th.

An abstract and Dr. Field’s bio follow below. The seminar will be held in Building N239, Room B39 from 12:00-1:00pm. Refreshments will be provided and you are welcome to bring your lunch.

This seminar is being co-hosted by the ASL and NASA Ames as part of the ASL and Ames Bio Talks and Syn Bio Talks Seminar series. Information about upcoming seminars and other events can be found here.

Questions about this event can be directed to Peter Minogue.

ABSTRACT:

Ice911 Research is developing on short-term and reversible engineering measures to reduce the far-reaching effects of climate change by saving polar ice. Dr. Field will describe the project rationale, status and next steps, including a proposed collaboration with NASA’s Planetary Sustainability Group.

Reflective ice in the Arctic is critically important to the world, but it has melted rapidly over the last three decades. Ice melt and destabilization in the Antarctic is of increasing concern as well. The consequences of the melt of the Earth’s polar ice are serious and costly, including rising sea levels, increased global temperatures, and increased severity of storms.
Ice911 has developed rigorous, scientific-based solutions to preserve polar and glacial ice using localized and ecologically respectful materials—which mimic the properties of ice—to reduce the rate of melting. The materials can be deployed quickly and effectively, and the effect can be reversed once it’s no longer needed. The solutions have the potential to slow down the melt, interrupt the ice-albedo feedback effect, and to rebuild bright arctic ice. The approach can also be adapted to provide interim mammal habitat and stabilize the arctic infrastructure without negative ecological impact.

Ice911 has conducted years of research on materials development, deployment methods, and field instrumentation, including small-scale field testing and deployment on lakes in California, Canada and Minnesota.

NASA’s Planetary Sustainability Group and Ice911 Research have been exploring collaborative opportunities, and NASA scientists have confirmed the results from one of Ice911’s material solutions, showing that Ice911’s technologies dramatically slow ice melt.

Dr. Field will also comment on how Ice911’s technologies can be applied to other urgent and pressing problems such as California’s drought.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Leslie Field founded and runs Ice911 Research Corporation, an environmental 501(c)3 non-profit focused on the urgent problem of polar ice melt. Leslie also serves as a Consulting Professor in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where she teaches an annual graduate level seminar course in “Engineering and Climate Change”, and is the Founder and Managing Member of SmallTech Consulting, LLC where she has built a team of expert consultants specializing in technical and strategic projects in MEMS, Nanotech and associated fields since 2002. Much of her technical work at SmallTech involves invention and development of MEMS devices and systems for medical applications.

Dr. Field worked in MEMS R&D at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories/Agilent Laboratories and during her decade there played a key role in starting HP Labs’ Micromechanics group, while also working on a variety of MEMS projects and devices. Her earlier work at Chevron Research Company resulted in improved commercial catalytic refining methods for high-octane blend-stocks and aromatics production. Leslie earned PhD and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center at UC Berkeley, and MS and BS degrees in Chemical Engineering from MIT. She has 42 issued US patents, 17 pending patent applications and 19 technical publications. She serves on professional technical and awards committees and does volunteer work in education.

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