American Geophysical Union Lecture: The Climate Science Debate: What Does the Science Tell Us and Why People on Both Sides Are So Angry About It

In this talk, Prof. Dessler will review the state of the science of climate change and discuss why climate scientists are so worried about this problem. He will also talk about the polarized debate over climate change and why there is such an enormous split over both the scientific reality of the problem and the policy options.

Andrew Dessler is a climate scientist who studies both the science and politics of climate change. His scientific research revolves around climate feedbacks, in particular how water vapor and clouds act to amplify warming from the carbon dioxide that humans emit. In 2012, he received the AGU’s Ascent Award from the atmospheric sciences section to reward exceptional achievement by a mid-career scientist. During the last year of the Clinton Administration, he served as a Senior Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Based on his research and policy experience, he has authored two books on climate change: The science and politics of global climate change: A guide to the debate (Cambridge University Press, 2006, 2010, co-written with Edward Parson), and Introduction to modern climate change (Cambridge University Press, 2011). In recognition of his work on outreach, in 2011 he was named a Google Science Communication Fellow. Prior to his work on climate, his research focused on stratospheric ozone depletion. He is presently a Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University. His educational background includes a BA in physics from Rice University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University. He also did postdoctoral work at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and spent nine years on the research faculty of the University of Maryland. In a previous life, he worked in the energy group at The First Boston Corporation doing mergers and acquisitions analysis.

Venue name if any: 
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Grand Ballroom C1
Fee for participation: 
none, other than registration at NSTA conference
San Antonio
Friday, April 12, 2013 - 2:00pm

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