Program set on 'Role of Wetlands and Oceans in Climate Change'

The program will be at VCSU.

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Olivia Johnson
Contributed / Olivia Johnson

A presentation titled “The Role of Wetlands and Oceans in Climate Change” will be at 7 p.m. Monday, March 21, in the auditorium of the Rhoades Science Center on the campus of Valley City (N.D.) State University. The event is sponsored by “What in the World Is Going On?”

The presentation is free, and the public is invited to attend.

The presenters will be Olivia Johnson and Dr. Michelle Abshire.

Johnson has a master's degree in natural resources and has spent the last six years studying wetland carbon cycling. She’ll be presenting on the value of wetlands in carbon sequestration.

Abshire, assistant professor of science at VCSU, has a scientific background is in marine geochemistry, a study of chemical elements preserved in the seafloor that can provide insight about the ocean.


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Michelle Abshire
Contributed / Valley City State University

Abshire recently had a paper published on the role of the oceans in climate change and will share information on how oceans can affect us here in North Dakota.

Johnson will talk about how wetlands in our region, the Prairie Pothole wetlands, provide many benefits including habitat, water quality and potential carbon storage.

This program on wetlands and oceans is the second in a series of programs about climate change. What in the World is Going On is a VCSU campus and community group that began shortly after 9/11 for the purpose of addressing issues of local, national and international importance.

Two other climate change programs are scheduled as follows:

Monday, April 2: "Project Tundra: can it reduce climate change?" The presenter will be Sonja Kaye from the Dakota Resources Council

Monday, April 25: "Can North Dakota be carbon neutral by 2030: Governor Burgum’s Plan," resented by Rich Garman from the North Dakota Department of Commerce.

For more information, call 701-845-7321 or look on Facebook.

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