Paleoceanography: Understanding Past Oceans to Forecast Future Climates with Dr. Joyeeta Bhattacharya

October 31, 2021

Step into the wayback machine as we explore the ancient seas

On this show, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham talk to Dr. Joyeeta Bhattacharya about Paleoceanography, the study of the ancient oceans.  There is a new interest in Earth's ancient oceans, which underwent temperature and chemical changes similar to those now anticipated to occur as atmospheric CO2 increases. Dr. Bhattacharya currently studies marine sedimentary rocks to unravel past climates and carbon cycle processes, at the School of Geosciences, University of Oklahoma. Her work specializes in integrating sedimentary, isotopic, and paleontological proxies from sedimentary archives to reconstruct past greenhouse climates.

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Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.