Webinar: Extreme Weather - Mitigation & Resiliency to Climate Change
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM (MST)
Join us in a discussion about mitigation of extreme weather events resulting from climate change. Gain understanding about reducing the sources and causes of climate change. We’ll discuss solutions-based mitigation and the use of data to understand extreme weather. We’ll also explore how communities can mitigate the effects of climate change by becoming more resilient. Our guest speakers are two internationally respected experts in the fields of climate science and natural hazards.
|Dr. Kathleen Tierney is director of the Natural Hazards Center, as well as a professor in the Department of Sociology and the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Tierney has served as a member of the National Academies Committee on Disaster Research in the Social Sciences, the Panel on Strategies and Methods for Climate-Related Decision Support, and the Panel on Informing Effective Decisions and Actions Related to Climate Change. She is currently a member of the National Academies Committee to Advise the U. S. Global Change Research Program.|
|Dr. Kevin Trenberth is a Distinguished Senior Scientist in the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. From New Zealand, he obtained his Sc. D. in meteorology in 1972 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a lead author of the 1995, 2001 and 2007 Scientific Assessment of Climate Change reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize which went to the IPCC. He now chairs the Global Energy and Water Exchanges (GEWEX) scientific steering group.|
Here are some of the questions we'll address:
- How can scientists forecast where extreme weather events will most likely occur, and the severity of their impact?
- What are communities and governments doing now to prepare for extreme weather events?
- What should change in their approach to adaptation and mitigation?
- What more can the scientific community do to prepare citizens for climate-related extreme weather?
- What are the greatest threats to vulnerable populations - those communities that are under-served (marginalized) and lacking resources to prepare or deal with extreme weather events?