EarthTalk Seminar: Climate Risk Management in the AnthropoceneMonday 20 February 2017
112 Walker, Penn State University
SMAC Seminar: Stochastic simulation of predictive space-time scenarios of wind speed using observations and physical model outputsFriday 3 February 2017
327 Thomas, Penn State University
ESSC Brown Bag Series: Modeling past and future variations of the Antarctic Ice SheetWednesday 2 November 2016
529 Walker Building, Penn State
22 Deike Building, Penn State
Friday 28 October - Sunday 30 October 2016
Pack Forest Conference Center, University of Washington
SCRiM Seminar: Landscape ecology as a framework to understand socio-ecological systemsThursday 27 October 2016
Sunday 23 October - Tuesday 25 October 2016
Monday 15 August - Friday 19 August 2016
SCRiM Seminar: Designing flood management systems for joint ecological and economic robustnessTuesday 12 July 2016
Tuesday 21 June - Wednesday 22 June 2016
University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
First Floor Auditorium, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, New Orleans
SCRiM Seminar: Anticipating change by exploring adaptive policy pathways into an uncertain future – not so different from playing soccerTuesday 26 April 2016
SCRiM Seminar: Current and Future Coastal Flood Risk in New Orleans and South LouisianaThursday 7 April 2016
SCRiM Seminar: The TopoWx Gridded Temperature Dataset: Modeling Spatiotemporal Variability of Air Temperature across the Conterminous United StatesTuesday 9 February 2016
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.
The Road Through the Paris Climate AgreementMonday 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.
SCRiM Seminar: Many-Objective, Robust Policy Optimization: A Demonstration of Direct Policy Search using the Shallow Lake ProblemTuesday 12 January 2016
SCRiM Seminar: Using values-informed mental models to identify climate impacts, strategies and values in New OrleansThursday 3 December 2015
Sutliff Auditorium, Lewis Katz Building, Penn State University
Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy seminar: Adapting to Catastrophe: Living in a Warmer WorldWednesday 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.
SCRiM Seminar: Aggregating Information by Harnessing the “Wisdom of Crowds”: New Theoretical Results and Empirical FindingsMonday 12 October 2015
215 Business, Penn State University
102 Oak, Penn State University
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
SCRiM Special Seminar: Graceful Failure, Engineering, and Planning for Extremes: The Engineering for Climate Extremes Partnership (ECEP)Tuesday 5 May 2015
SCRiM Monthly Seminar: Many-Objective, Robust Policy Optimization: A Demonstration of Direct Policy Search using the Shallow Lake ProblemTuesday 28 April 2015
Pardee/WCRC Seminar: Using Values-informed Mental Models (ViMM) to Improve Risk Management DecisionsThursday 26 March 2015
3312 Santa Monica (host), 4128 Washington, 6206 Pittsburg
Stakeholder engagement in a complex world: thoughts on addressing climate issues in local communitiesTuesday 17 March 2015