Hovan Presents on Climate Research in South Korea

Posted on 1/26/2016 9:14:13 AM

Geoscience professor Steve Hovan was invited in January 2016 to present climate research findings to colleagues from the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) and the Korean Polar Research Institute (KoPRI). For several years, Hovan has been collaborating with Korean scientist Kisseong Hyeong on paleoclimate studies to track the ancient latitudinal position of the tropical winds.

Both KIOST and KoPRI play a crucial role in researching and developing ocean science and technology. Their mission is to perform basic and applied research in order to promote the efficient use of ocean resources and to conduct scientific research in polar regions, especially in Antarctica. An important part of its mission is to support and cooperate with other government agencies, universities, and private industries towards the development of marine resources and the protection of the ocean environment; and to coordinate international cooperation concerning oceanographic research projects.

Hovan and Hyeong have collaborated on multiple projects together, most recently on sediments collected during Ocean Drilling Program Leg 199, where they hope to identify the location of tropical trade winds as the Earth's ancient climate transitioned from globally warm conditions to times when large ice sheets developed at high latitudes.

Department of Geoscience