Climate Science

Recent Studies of the Effects of Aerosols on Climate in East Asia: Observations and Modeling

Bill Boos introduces Professor Yutaka Kondo, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, The University of Tokyo, as the first speaker in a day-long symposium devoted to recent advanced in atmospheric science. Professor Kondo discusses a range of chemical and physical processes incorporating recent models and in situ measurements.

Exploring the Response of the Earth's Hydrologic Cycle to Geoengineering

Philip Rasch, an atmospheric scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, provides a background on geo-engineering, “an intentional change to the climate system, intended to counteract the effects of greenhouse gases.”  Even if we make the decision never to deploy some of the proposed technologies, he suggests trials may be an important way to better understand the system’s response.

Climate Change in New England: What's Next? (Panel Discussion)

Global climate models all predict that the Northeastern United States may be particularly vulnerable to both short- and long-term effects of global warming. Some of these effects—such as higher average temperature and sea level, along with more intense and more frequent storms and droughts—are already being felt in the New England area. As we learned from Hurricane Irene, Superstorm Sandy and winter storm Nemo, isolated weather extremes riding on gradual trends can be extraordinarily damaging. A 2011 report by the American Security Project estimated that failure to mitigate or plan for what is likely to become the new normal could result in the loss of 100,000 jobs and $22 billion from the regional economy between 2010 and 2050.

While coarse global models can indicate the overall direction of change, much more detailed regional climate, economic and land-use models are needed to assess how global warming will affect New England, county by county, in the 21st century—and to create prudent and effective policies and plans for dealing with the coming changes.

A distinguished panel shares their thoughts on how New England should respond to climate change projections. 

PANELISTS:

Senator Chris Murphy, United States Senator for Connecticut
Katie Scharf Dykes, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
Marion McFadden, Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, US Department of HUD
Kerry Emanuel, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT
Alexander Felson, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Urban Ecology & Design Lab
Ronald Smith, Dept. of Geology & Geophysics and Center for Earth Observation, Yale University

MODERATOR: Anthony Leiserowitz, Director, Yale Project on Climate Change Communication

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