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Global climate change is subject of UI's March 5 national symposium
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- More than two dozen leading U.S. research scientists
will meet Friday, March 5 at the University of Iowa to review what is currently
known about global climate change and its impact on society.
Following opening remarks at 9 a.m. by Jerald Schnoor, F. Wendell Miller
Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the UI
College of Engineering, the symposium, titled "The Science of Global
Climate Change," will hold three main sessions. A session on paleoclimates
will look at what tree rings, fossilized pollen and other clues can tell
us about past U.S. climates. A climate modeling and monitoring session
will review current methods used to predict long-term climate change due
to increases in greenhouse gases. The climate impacts session will look
at how future climate change may impact society.
Speakers addressing the subject of paleoclimates include: Malcolm Hughes,
director, Laboratory of Tree Ring Research, University of Arizona; Margaret
Bryan Davis, Regents' Professor of Ecology, University of Minnesota; Luis
Gonzalez, UI associate professor of geology; and Richard Baker, UI professor
of geology, and panel chair.
Climate modeling and monitoring will be addressed by: Richard Lindzen,
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Professor of Meteorology, Massachusetts Institute
of Technology; Warren Washington, head, Climate Change Research, National
Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR); Witold Krajewski, UI professor
of civil and environmental engineering; and Gregory Carmichael, UI professor
of chemical and biochemical engineering, and panel chair.
Impacts of climate change panelists are: Jonathan Patz, director, Program
on Health Effects of Global Environmental Change, Johns Hopkins University;
Herman H. Shugart, Corcoran Professor of Environmental Science and director,
Global Change Program, University of Virginia; David McGinnis, UI assistant
professor of geography; and Larry Bean, administrator, Energy and Geological
Resources Division, Iowa Department of natural Resources, and panel chair.
The symposium is sponsored by the UI Center for Global and Regional
Environmental Research; the Iowa Division, United Nations Association-USA;
and The Stanley Foundation, Muscatine with support from The Brenton Foundation,
Des Moines; The Knapp Foundation, Cedar Rapids; and Kathy Mitchell, Iowa
All sessions will be held at the Iowa Memorial Union, Second Floor Ballroom.
Registration information on the symposium, which is free for students,
may be obtained by contacting the UI Center for Conferences and Institutes