SEAS Colloquium in Climate Science (SCiCS)

Under the leadership of Prof. Lorenzo Polvani, a group of SEAS faculty members have initiated a new seminar series this term under the title of the SEAS Colloquium in Climate Science (SCiCS). While hosted in APAM, this new series is a school-wide seminar also involving the Departments of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Earth and Environmental Sciences, as well as the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory and the NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies.

This new school-wide series will host, on a weekly basis, nationally prominent speakers in all fields of climate science. Unlike many other climate related activities at Columbia which are concerned with economic, social and political impacts of climate change, this series will focus on the fundamental science underlying climate change.

For the inaugural term of the new series, in Fall 2009, speakers include Rob Korty from Texas A&M University, Isla Simpson from the University of Toronto, Eric Maloney from Colorado State University, Clara Deser from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Nir Krakauer from CUNY, Sandra Yuter from North Carolina State University, Daniel Klocke from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (Hamburg), Daniel Knopf from SUNY Stony Brook, Paul Dirmeyer from the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies at the Institute of Global Environment and Society, and Dan Jacob from Harvard University.

Financial and logistic support for the new colloquium series comes from the SEAS Dean’s office, and the faculty group composed of Prof. Upmanu Lall and Prof. Gavin Gong from the Earth and Environmental Engineering Department, Prof. Vivian Faye McNeill from the Chemical Engineering Department, as well as Profs. Adam Sobel and Lorenzo Polvani from the APAM Department.

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