Graduate Student Wins Video Competition

Bess Koffman, a University of Maine Ph.D. student who works with Karl Kreutz, a UMaine professor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences and the Climate Change Institute, recently won the “Lights, Camera, Science” student video contest sponsored by the American Geophysical Union.

Koffman and Thomas Bauska of Oregon State, who made the 4 minute, 24 second film, won free registration to the 2012 AGU fall meeting in San Francisco.

Entries were posted on AGU’s YouTube page. Koffman’s video about snowpit sampling in west Antarctica, had 91 “likes,” the most of the three semifinalists. Snowpit studies, according to the description of the video, provide a vital link between the modern atmosphere and the climate history reconstructed from ice cores. The video documents one of the types of measurements made in snowpits and explains how snow sampling informs ice core studies.

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