MIT Climate Symposium: Progress in Climate Science

Speaker: 
Moderator: Kerry Emanuel
Date: 
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
Building W16: Kresge Auditorium

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We all know the Earth is getting warmer, so why do we keep studying climate science? One reason is that the more precisely we understand how and where climate change is happening, the better we can help to guide the development of policies to slow it down, stop it, and adapt to it. There is also great value in climate science as an intellectual pursuit and it would be a lively and vibrant endeavor even if we were not changing the climate.

This symposium will consider what is known about the relationship between greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere and global warming, extreme weather events, and other climate impacts. We will also discuss remaining uncertainties and the prospects for reducing them. Finally, we will explore the projected physical effects of increasing greenhouse gas emissions under alternative mitigation scenarios.

 

This symposium is the first of the 2019-2020 Climate Action Symposia Series, created to advance our community’s understanding and expand our capacity to generate solutions for the urgent global challenge of climate change. These six symposia will examine the current state of climate science and policy, as well as pathways for decarbonization of the global economy—and will also look at how universities can and should contribute solutions, including MIT’s efforts under our Plan for Action on Climate Change.

 


Chair: Kerry Emanuel, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Atmospheric Science, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT

Keynote: Susan Solomon, Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies and Chemistry, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT

 

    Schedule

    1:00-1:15 pm Welcoming remarks by MIT President L. Rafael Reif
    1:15-1:45 pm Keynote: Overview of Climate Science
    Susan Solomon, Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies and Chemistry, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT
    1:45-2:40 pm

    Panel I: Frontiers in Climate Science

    Moderator:

    • Noelle Selin, Associate Professor, Institute for Data, Systems and Society and Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT

    Panelists:

    • Nicolas Gruber, Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, ETH Zürich
    • David McGee, Associate Professor, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT
    • Paul O’Gorman, Professor of Atmospheric Science, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT
    • Ray Pierrehumbert, Professor of Physics, University of Oxford
    • Tapio Schneider, Theodore Y. Wu Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Caltech
    2:40-2:50 pm Break
    2:50-3:45 pm

    Panel II: Climate Risks

    Moderator:

    • Maria T. Zuber, Vice President for Research and E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics, MIT

    Panelists:

    • Philip Duffy, President and Executive Director, Woods Hole Research Center
    • Sherri Goodman, Senior Fellow, Wilson Center
    • Charles Harvey, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT
    • Jerry Mitrovica, Professor of Science, Harvard University
    • John Reilly, Co-Director, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, MIT
    3:45-4:00 pm Wrap-up:
    Kerry Emanuel, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Atmospheric Science, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT