13th Annual Henry W. Kendall Memorial Lecture
Dr. Drew Shindell
NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
How Air Pollution Affects Climate & What We Can Do About It
Monday, October 21, 2013
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Bartos Theater, MIT Media Lab
Anthropogenic emissions that lead to air pollution (particulate matter and ozone) are also large contributors to climate change. Unlike the well-mixed greenhouse gases, the spatial distribution of these emissions affects their climate impact. A better understanding of the role of aerosols and ozone in contributing to historical and projected future climate change provides insight into the relative importance of air pollutants versus well-mixed greenhouse gases, the role of uncertainties in forcing in creating uncertainties in regional climate projections, and the balance between efforts to improve air quality and mitigate climate change. Shindell will discuss recent progress in understanding the role of aerosols and ozone and the implications for our understanding of climate sensitivity, of the recent slowdown in global warming, and of the benefits to both climate and human health that can be obtained by taking action to reduce air pollutant emissions.
A reception will follow the talk in Building 54, Room 923.
All are welcome.
If you have any questions regarding the lecture, please contact Jennifer DiNisco at 617.253.2127 or jdinisco [at] mit [dot] edu. Reservations not required.
Sponsored by the Center for Global Change Science, the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science, and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering