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Welcome to SI 2006. . . and what’s brewing in the PCC? Chris Bretherton Department of Atmospheric Science University of Washington
Welcome to SI 2006 • We have a diverse group. Please make new friends. • Discussions are meant for all of us. Please pipe up. • Afternoons are free for hiking, hanging out, etc. If you are looking for an activity, gather here after lunch at 1: 30 and we can split into like-minded groups. • This is an annual event of the UW Program on Climate Change (PCC), a UIF-sponsored project started in 2002.
PCC goals (from depts. washington. edu/uwpcc) • • • To create a strong sense of community among faculty and students interested in climate and climate change. Encourage research projects among faculty across the different academic units. To develop new courses that focus on climate change. To make UW known as a great place to study climate, past, present and future. To create an intellectual atmosphere (through seminars, research, and special topic institutes) in which important questions about how climate and our physical and human world interact are formulated and addressed. To bring together the climate change effort at UW to better train future climate scientists and policy makers.
PCC. . . the plan • PCC is entering its second 5 -year phase. • Thanks to Jim Murray (currently in the tropical Pacific) for five years of great directorship. • Effective 15 Sept, I am taking over, with the help of an able administrator (Miriam Bertram), Executive Committee (Gerard Roe and Steve Emerson) and Board. • One priority will be increasing PCC visibility through collaboration with other UW climate-relevant programs and being an effective resource for groups outside UW. This SI is one example of what we can do.
Annual theme • We plan to choose an annual theme around which to focus some of our activities: our spring public lecture, SI, and fall PCC seminar series. Thoughts: - Ocean acidification - PNW regional climate change/downscaling/impacts • More ideas wanted! (discuss tonight)
PCC 586 seminar (Tu 3: 30 -4: 30 OSB 425, Murray). Oct 24 David Bodansky (UW Physics) Nuclear Option and Carbon Reduction Oct 31 Jim Hansen (KMS Financial Services) Implications for Peak Oil and Gas on Global Warming Nov 7 KC Golden (Policy Director, Climate Solutions) Honing our Renewable Edge or Digging the Climate Hole Deeper? Washington State’s Energy Policy at the Crossroads. Nov 14 Ken Caldiera (Dept. of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institute) Arctic Geoengineering Nov 21 Denis Hayes (President and CEO; Bullitt Foundation) Sunpower: The Core Role of Direct Solar Conversion in any Renewable Energy Future Dec 5 Klaus Lackner (Earth Institute; Columbia University) TBA Dec 8 Ulf Riebesel (IFM-GEOMAR; Kiel) Experimental Studies of the Effect of Ocean Acidification on Ocean Ecology
PCC courses this year Standard PCC classes: Au 587: Climate Dynamics (Thompson/Roe) Wi 588: Carbon cycle (Emerson/Alexander) Sp 589: Paleoclimate (Steig/Battisti) New - Au 06 : Paleoclimate Proxies (B. Alexander/J. Sachs)OCN 529 B/ATMS 591 B/ESS 590 A; 3 credits T/Th 10: 30 -11: 50, OSB 425 Interest in having a PCC certificate? Also of relevance to this SI – Ed Miles’ biennial class: Governmental Responses to Global Climate Change SMA 521; 3 credits, M 2: 30 -4: 20.
Other UW programs • POE Environmental Management certificate • Luce fellow program (Matt Kuharic, Fri 8: 30) The UW is trying to integrate climate (change)-related activities around campus. The PCC will be a part of this. - A web-based portal/resource for informing the non-UW community about UW climate/impacts/policy work. - Better policy-science interconnect, building on existing UW efforts. - A great opportunity for us to help define an effective leadership role for PCC. Please think of ideas during the SI and we can discuss further in Sat. am wrapup.
TOY proposals • • Ocean circ and climate Climate change and biology (incl. acidification) What are earth systems models good for? Planning for climate change under uncertainty Climate observing system Communicating climate science to the public Thresholds, tipping points, surprise Ideas: ‘state of science’ reviews for TOY topic Get senior PCC grad students involved in reviews or organization as part of capstone. Highly positive response to PCC certificate.