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Symposium: Responses, Risks and Adaptation to Climate Change
April 28, 2009, Volume 55, No. 31

A group of concerned faculty and Penn environmental scientists have organized a one-day symposium on Responses, Risks and Adaptation to Climate Change, to inform the broader University community about the challenges and opportunities of climate science for researchers and students. Faculty from four schools and nine departments at Penn will showcase the diversity of climate-related research at the University, and will also include three internationally known climate scientists from outside of Penn to complement and diversify these themes.

There will be five distinguished speakers covering a range of topics from the effects of climate on plant evolution, to modeling past and future climate change, to the business and social impacts of climate. In addition, there is a student poster session showcasing climate-related research at Penn by graduate and undergraduate students.

The speakers include:

Brent Helliker, Impacts of Climate Change on Plant Ecology and Evolution, Penn biology. 

Ron Stouffer, Future Climate Change: What Can We Expect, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2007 Summary for Policymakers.

Tony Broccoli, Regional Perspectives on Past and Future Climate Change, Rutgers University.

Eric Orts, Climate Contracts: Future Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, legal studies and business ethics department, Wharton.

Robert Schaffer, lead author of the IPCC 2007 Report on Mitigation, Impacts of Climate Change on Energy Security, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

The symposium will be held May 1, 2009 from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in room 102 of the Chemistry Building.  For more information, visit: www.sas.upenn.edu/earth/climate_sym.html.


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Almanac - April 28, 2009, Volume 55, No. 31