August 26th, 12-1 PM ET

A Voyage Across an Ancient Ocean: A Bicycle Journey Through the Northern Dominion of Oil

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Speaker: David Goodrich, author, NOAA (Retired)

Abstract: As a climate scientist and former NOAA Corps officer, I embarked on a different kind of voyage in the summer of 2018, looking to go to places where climate change comes from, that is, where carbon is coming from the ground. I started in the oil sands of Alberta and rode 1100 miles solo through the boreal forest and prairie to the Bakken oil field of North Dakota. The ancient ocean of the title is the inland sea that laid down both oil deposits. The ride ended at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, where our original conservationist president spent his days as a cowboy. A volume with the above title was released this month from Pegasus Books.

About the Speaker: David Goodrich worked at NOAA's Climate Program Office in Silver Spring, retiring as director of Climate Observations. He also served as the Director of the UN Global Climate Observing System in Geneva, Switzerland. In addition to the bicycle trip from Alberta to North Dakota, he has ridden from Delaware to Oregon, down the Appalachians and across Montana, South Dakota, France and Spain. His earlier book was A Hole in the Wind: A Climate Scientistís Bicycle Journey Across the United States. He lives in Maryland.