Wednesday, June 13, 2012 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
University of Washington
Kane Hall, Room 120
2011 was a record-breaking year for extreme weather events worldwide. March 2012 went on record as the warmest in the United States since record-keeping began. The first quarter of 2012 was the warmest ever recorded in the Lower 48 states, with over 15,000 warm temperature records broken. What could this mean over the short- and long-term for the region, nation and globally?
This signature event welcomes three experts in the field to join us for Conversations About Our Changing Planet: Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction and Deputy Administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Dr. Anthony Janetos, Director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute at the University of Maryland and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Dr. Nicholas Bond, Washington State Climatologist and UW and NOAA Atmospheric Scientist. Each will give a TED-type presentation on the dynamic earth system and climate, focusing on observations, modeling, policies and linkages to energy and regional impacts in the Pacific Northwest. Speakers will share their personal stories and passions about this important subject, moderated by Dr. Lisa Graumlich, Dean of the UW College of the Environment.