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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 City.

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 at 319-335-3231.