Event Title

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Climate Change: From Global to New York Scale

Start Date

27-10-2017 10:15 AM

End Date

27-10-2017 10:45 AM

Abstract

This talk is concerned with the science and impacts of climate change from global to New York scales. It will provide an assessment of how the climate has changed over the past Century based on a purely observational perspective. The scientific basis for anthroprogenic climate change will be explained and discussed including a description of the “greenhouse effect” and why it is important for life on this planet. We will briefly discuss global and local consequences of a warmer climate and what we need to be prepared for going forward in the coming decades.

Speaker Information

Dr. Christopher Thorncroft, Chair and Professor, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences

Dr. Thorncroft’s research is mainly focused on improving our understanding of the nature and variability of atmospheric weather systems with a special emphasis on tropical weather systems over West Africa and how they impact Atlantic tropical cyclones. The research spans a wide range of timescales from diurnal-to-multidecadal and including climate change. Current research also includes an emphasis on the nature and causes of extreme weather variability in North-East US that includes a contribution from land-falling hurricanes. Dr Thorncroft is also co-PI for the NYS Mesonet – a network of 126 automatic weather stations that will make key weather observations across the whole State in support of protection of life and property. He completed his BS in Physics at the University of Bristol, UK and did his PhD in Meteorology at the University of Reading, UK. He joined UAlbany in 2001. Dr Thorncroft is currently Chair of the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences and was recently made a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.

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Oct 27th, 10:15 AM Oct 27th, 10:45 AM

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Climate Change: From Global to New York Scale

This talk is concerned with the science and impacts of climate change from global to New York scales. It will provide an assessment of how the climate has changed over the past Century based on a purely observational perspective. The scientific basis for anthroprogenic climate change will be explained and discussed including a description of the “greenhouse effect” and why it is important for life on this planet. We will briefly discuss global and local consequences of a warmer climate and what we need to be prepared for going forward in the coming decades.