Public Lecture – Climate change and scientists’ social contract

Monday, November 26, 2012, 4:00-5:00 PM “Climate change and scientists’ social contract”

Public lecture by Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of NOAA
Introduction by Lisa Graumlich, Dean, UW College of the Environment
Location: Foege Auditorium (GNOMS060)


As the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification become increasingly obvious, the public and policy makers seek information to understand what is happening, what is likely down the road and what the options are for dealing with the problems. Scientists have an obligation to be active players in informing society’s decision-making by discovering, assessing, communicating and using scientific knowledge. The talk will highlight some of the arenas in which NOAA is intimately engaged: tracking climate trends and impacts, sharing information and developing options for adaptation, and it will invite discussion about important roles academic scientists should play.

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