Past Events


Dr. Klaus Keller, Penn State

EarthTalk Seminar: Climate Risk Management in the Anthropocene

Monday 20 February 2017

 112 Walker, Penn State University

Dr. Julie Bessac, Argonne National Labs

SMAC Seminar: Stochastic simulation of predictive space-time scenarios of wind speed using observations and physical model outputs

Friday 3 February 2017

 327 Thomas, Penn State University

 Event Info

Dr. Jane Long, Environmental Defense Fund

SCRiM Seminar: The need for, and implications of geoengineering research

Thursday 8 December 2016

 117 EES, Penn State University

Dr. James Kasting, Penn State

CLIMA Seminar: Wet bulb temperatures and human heat stress in a rapidly warming world

Thursday 17 November 2016

 117 EES, Penn State University

Dr. David Pollard, Penn State

ESSC Brown Bag Series: Modeling past and future variations of the Antarctic Ice Sheet

Wednesday 2 November 2016

 529 Walker Building, Penn State

 Event Info

Before the Flood: Public Screening and Discussion

Wednesday 2 November 2016

 22 Deike Building, Penn State

 Event Info

EESI Pizza Lunch: An Overview of SCRiM Research

Friday 28 October 2016

 217 EES, Penn State University

Graduate Climate Conference 2016

Friday 28 October - Sunday 30 October 2016

 Pack Forest Conference Center, University of Washington

 Program Info

Dr. Erica Smithwick, Department of Geography, Penn State

SCRiM Seminar: Landscape ecology as a framework to understand socio-ecological systems

Thursday 27 October 2016

 117 EES, Penn State University

 Abstract

STATMOS Workshop on Climate and Weather Extremes

Sunday 23 October - Tuesday 25 October 2016

 327 Thomas Building, Penn State University

 Event Info

4th Annual Summer School in Sustainable Climate Risk Management

Monday 15 August - Friday 19 August 2016

 Oak Building, Penn State University

 Program Info

Caitlin Spence, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst

SCRiM Seminar: Designing flood management systems for joint ecological and economic robustness

Tuesday 12 July 2016

 117 EES, Penn State University

 Abstract

Sixth GeoMIP Workshop

Tuesday 21 June - Wednesday 22 June 2016

 University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

 Event Info

SCRiM Annual All-Hands Meeting

Thursday 19 May - Friday 20 May 2016

 Oak Building, Penn State University

Workshop: Extending the Horizons of Coastal Risk Management

Wednesday 4 May 2016

 First Floor Auditorium, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, New Orleans

 Event Info

Dr. Marjolijn Haasnoot, Deltares and Delft University of Technology

SCRiM Seminar: Anticipating change by exploring adaptive policy pathways into an uncertain future – not so different from playing soccer

Tuesday 26 April 2016

 Remote from the Netherlands, local in 117 EES Building, Penn State University

 Abstract

Dr. Kathleen White, Climate Preparedness and Resilience Community of Practice, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

SCRiM Seminar: Applications in Sustainable Climate Risk Management: US Army Corps of Engineers

Monday 25 April 2016

 117 EES, Penn State University

Dr. Jordan Fischbach, RAND Water and Climate Resilience Center, RAND Corporation

SCRiM Seminar: Current and Future Coastal Flood Risk in New Orleans and South Louisiana

Thursday 7 April 2016

 117 EES, Penn State University

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Dr. Jared Oyler, Computational Ecology Laboratory, University of Montana

SCRiM Seminar: The TopoWx Gridded Temperature Dataset: Modeling Spatiotemporal Variability of Air Temperature across the Conterminous United States

Tuesday 9 February 2016

 117 EES Building, Penn State University

High-resolution gridded temperature products are critical inputs to assessments of climate impacts on local hydrology, ecosystem processes, and biotic communities. However, there has been little formal analysis on the ability of these products to accurately capture temporal variability and trends in local climate. Here, I will review the development of a new gridded daily temperature dataset aimed at improving spatial and temporal representations of air temperature at the topoclimatic spatial scale, the scale at which air temperature is influenced by local topography and land surface properties. From a spatial perspective, I will first examine how remotely sensed land skin temperature can be used as a key covariate in spatial interpolations of air temperature. Second, I will examine how homogenization algorithms are critical for reducing significant temporal biases in gridded topoclimatic air temperature, especially in the complex terrain of the western U.S. Lastly, I will summarize the current state of topoclimate products in the U.S. and how they can be further improved to meet the needs of local climate impact assessments and adaptation decision-making.

Andrew Light, Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, George Mason University

The Road Through the Paris Climate Agreement

Monday 25 January 2016

EVENT IS POSTPONED, check Event Registration website for updates.

Andrew Light is a professor and director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University and a consultant at the U.S. Department of State, where he served as a senior climate change adviser.

Last December over 190 countries met in Paris for the 21st meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change where they succeeded in creating a new international climate agreement. Many have heralded the outcome as a groundbreaking achievement for international diplomacy and global climate action. Others have argued that the climate commitments that parties brought to the table in Paris are ultimately too weak to achieve the agreements’ lofty aspirations. To better understand the significance of the new Paris Agreement we will review the recent history of the UN climate negotiations, and how this outcome evolved from earlier failed attempts in this process. A more important question however may be what new future for global climate cooperation is now required of us after Paris. To close the current gap between the Paris pledges for emission reductions, and what is needed to achieve our long-term goals for climate stabilization, we may need to look beyond the UN system to find new opportunities for enhanced climate action.

Julie Quinn, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

SCRiM Seminar: Many-Objective, Robust Policy Optimization: A Demonstration of Direct Policy Search using the Shallow Lake Problem

Tuesday 12 January 2016

 117 EES Building, Penn State University

Dr. Douglas Bessette, Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, Penn State University

SCRiM Seminar: Using values-informed mental models to identify climate impacts, strategies and values in New Orleans

Thursday 3 December 2015

 117 EES Building, Penn State University

U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council and Strategy for the Arctic Region Symposium

Tuesday 20 October 2015

 Sutliff Auditorium, Lewis Katz Building, Penn State University

http://www.polar.psu.edu/u-s-chairmanship-of-the-arctic-council-and-strategy-for-the-arctic-region-symposium/

Robert Mendelsohn, Yale University

Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy seminar: Adapting to Catastrophe: Living in a Warmer World

Wednesday 14 October 2015

 157 Hosler Building, Penn State University

A driving concern about global warming is that it might lead to a climate related catastrophe. This talk discusses two of those catastrophes: “Melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet” and “Ecosystem Collapse” and discusses how we could possibly survive these events. The talk combines science and e”conomics to first understand the nature of these events and then to discuss adaptation. Although the cumulative consequence of either event involves enormous change, in practice, these changes are expected to unfold slowly. By gradually changing ecosystem and coastal management over time, society can cope. Nonetheless, there will be some challenges that require thinking outside the box.

Dr. David Budescu, Fordham Univeristy

SCRiM Seminar: Aggregating Information by Harnessing the “Wisdom of Crowds”: New Theoretical Results and Empirical Findings

Monday 12 October 2015

 215 Business, Penn State University

SCRiM's Summer School on Sustainable Climate Risk Management

Monday 3 August 2015

 102 Oak, Penn State University

Inequality and the Economic Analysis of Climate Change

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke’s Center for Law, Economics, and Public Policy with the collaboration of the SCRiM network

Wednesday 27 May - Thursday 28 May 2015

 4047 Duke Law School

https://law.duke.edu/laweconomicsandpublicpolicy/conferences/climatechange/

SCRiM's Annual All-Hands Meeting

Tuesday 19 May 2015

 117 EES Building, Penn State University

Dr. Greg Holland, National Center for Atmospheric Research

SCRiM Special Seminar: Graceful Failure, Engineering, and Planning for Extremes: The Engineering for Climate Extremes Partnership (ECEP)

Tuesday 5 May 2015

 117 EES Building, Penn State University

Dr. Matthew Adler, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University

SCRiM Monthly Seminar: Many-Objective, Robust Policy Optimization: A Demonstration of Direct Policy Search using the Shallow Lake Problem

Tuesday 28 April 2015

 117 EES Building, Penn State University

Dr. Douglas Bessette, Penn State

Pardee/WCRC Seminar: Using Values-informed Mental Models (ViMM) to Improve Risk Management Decisions

Thursday 26 March 2015

 3312 Santa Monica (host), 4128 Washington, 6206 Pittsburg

Dr. Lara Fowler, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Penn State University

Stakeholder engagement in a complex world: thoughts on addressing climate issues in local communities

Tuesday 17 March 2015

 117 EES Building, Penn State University