Fourth International Conference on Climate Change July 12 &13

I have just returned from a climate change conference in Seattle, Washington where I have presented some of our group’s work. I would like to share with you a list of the main themes of the conference to illustrate the broad scope and cross-disciplinary nature of this topic.  I will have more to add on the matter next week.

Theme 1: Scientific Evidence

What is evidence is there of climate change?

  • Paleoclimatology: the earth’s climate in a long view
  • Climate change today: examining the data
  • Ice cap reduction and glacial melt
  • Sea level change
  • Floods, drought, forest fires, hurricanes and other sporadic events
  • Albedo or measuring the earth’s reflectiveness
  • Meteorology and climate informatics
  • Equilibria and disequilbria: change processes and countervailing tendencies
  • Climate measurement processes, methodologies and technologies
  • Reading complex, dynamic and unstable systems
  • Developing local and global climate models
  • Change scenarios: slow, rapid, abrupt or episodic

Theme 2: Assessing Impacts in Divergent Ecosystems

What are the impacts of climate change on natural environments?

  • Ocean currents and el Niño
  • Riverine ecosystem impacts
  • Mountain ecosystem impacts
  • Coastal ecosystem impacts
  • Marine ecosystem impacts
  • Forest and grassland ecosystem impacts
  • Impacts on wilderness and protected areas
  • Impacts on specific biomes
  • Impacts on biodiversity, potential extinctions
  • Hardiness zone migration
  • Regional variations: temperature and rainfall

Theme 3: Human Impacts and Impacts on Humans

What evidence is there that human activity has contributed to climate change, and what are the impacts of climate change on human life?

  • Anthropogenic factors in climate change: determining the relative contribution of natural and human causes
  • Impacts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases
  • Land use patterns, agriculture and livestock husbandry and deforestation as factors in climate change
  • Impacts on humans: agriculture, fish stocks, food supply, health
  • Human settlements and sea level rise
  • Impacts on humans: water supply, desertification
  • Impacts on humans of intense weather events, natural disasters and ecological surprises
  • Impacts of climate change in the developing world

Theme 4: Technical, Political and Social Responses

How do scientists, technologies, policy makers and community members respond to climate change?

  • Environmental policies in response to climate change
  • Controversy and denial: politics, the media and scientists with dissenting views
  • The international politics of climate change
  • The past, present and future of international agreements
  • Education and awareness for management of global climate change
  • Protected areas and preservation of biodiversity: ‘corridoring’ and other strategies
  • Strategies for sustainability
  • Human adaptive strategies
  • Technologies of mitigation: carbon dioxide sequestration, solar shades and other processes
  • Alternative and renewable energy sources: technologies, policies and strategies
  • Carbon taxes, offsets and trading
  • Emission standards
  • Climate ethics and the precautionary principle
  • Eco-development, eco-efficiency


About climatechangefork

Micha Tomkiewicz, Ph.D., is a professor of physics in the Department of Physics, Brooklyn College, the City University of New York. He is also a professor of physics and chemistry in the School for Graduate Studies of the City University of New York. In addition, he is the founding-director of the Environmental Studies Program at Brooklyn College as well as director of the Electrochemistry Institute at that same institution.
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5 Responses to Fourth International Conference on Climate Change July 12 &13

  1. maxx John says:

    Muchos Gracias for your article post. Fantastic.

  2. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be
    really something which I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me. I am looking forward for
    your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

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  4. Gisela says:

    Verdaderamente esto me ha resultado útil. Si bien debo reconocer que algún otro post
    de otro día no me convenció tanto, el de hoy me ha gustado bastante.

    Saludos y gracias

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