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NOAA Heritage Week Lunchtime Talks

During the week of February 4, NOAA will host a series of free lunchtime presentations at the Gateway to NOAA exhibit on a variety of timely topics. Gateway to NOAA is located at 1325 East-West Highway in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Monday, February 4 @ 12 noon
Acidity on the Half Shell: Acidification, oysters, and us

Dr. Libby Jewett, Director of NOAA's Ocean Acidification Program, will discuss how decades of observations show that carbon dioxide absorbed by the ocean is changing the chemistry of seawater, a process called ocean acidification. Come learn how this change in the ocean's chemistry will affect life in the ocean and those who depend on it.

Tuesday, February 5 @ 12 noon
The Hunt for the Bear: The search for an iconic Coast Guard ship

Learn from NOAA Corps Commander Jeremy Adams about the U.S. Coast Guard-NOAA partnership to find the wreck of the Coast Guard Revenue Cutter Bear, made famous by her legendary captain, Michael Healy (1839-1904)--the first African-American to command a U.S. Government vessel.

Thursday, February 7 @ 12 noon
Derecho! Destruction in our own backyard

Learn more about the damaging June 29, 2012 wind event that impacted the Washington D.C. area last summer from Chris Strong, warning coordination meteorologist for the NOAA National Weather Services's Baltimore/Washingtion Weather Forecast Office.

Friday, February 8 @ 12 noon
Sea Unseen: Microscopic images of ocean life

When you think of beautiful things in nature, does fish skin leap to mind? It might after you see the Sea Unseen exhibit featuring incredible sea life images made with a scanning electron microscope. Hear from fisheries biologist Carla Stehr how and why the images were created, and discover how amazingly beautiful fish skin, fish eggs, and the tiniest sea creatures are up close.

Please join us on February 9 for the NOAA Open House! Click here for details.