Climate Matters: Scientist Stories
Scientists describe what climate change means to them, their work and their world.
Dr. Mark Gleason
Chief Marine Scientist/Director of Education
Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum, Muskegon, MI
Global warming is the largest problem facing all of us due to the impacts it will and is having on the world's environment. It will result in a number of environmental impacts that by themselves may not be significant but when combined are overwhelming our world's ability to adapt to them. My research uses ROVs [remotely operated underwater vehicles] to study, through observation, our underwater world. I often see the impacts of human activities on underwater habitats because of the introduction of water-borne exotics that change the environment. One example is the exotics that are covering our shipwrecks and changing the water clarity.
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