2020 | Byrd Center Symposium on Climate Change

2020 | Byrd Center Symposium on Climate Change

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Registration is required for each event: 

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Falling dominoes? Ice, climate, sea level and our future


ABSTRACT: Sea level is rising because of human-caused warming, impacting coastal communities. Shrinkage of the ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland is contributing, and could accelerate in the future. History and physics show that warming melts ice, and that too much warming triggers rapid iceberg calving. Visitors to Glacier Bay in Alaska now sail more than 60 miles into a fjord that held ice up to a mile thick when George Vancouver visited in 1794, and many other fjords have rapidly “unzipped” into their mountains or ice sheet. If a similar retreat is triggered in any of the major Antarctic basins holding far more ice, more than 10 feet of additional sea-level rise could occur in the following century or less. Exciting scientific advances will be needed to reduce the remaining large uncertainties.

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Keynote Schedule: Thursday, October 8, 2020, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

7:00
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Richard Alley,Falling dominoes? Ice, climate, sea level and our future
8:00
Question and Answer
8:30
Closing Remarks: Ian Howat
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Symposium on Climate Change Research 

Friday, October 9, 2020
8:50am - 3:50pm
Online via Zoom

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Goal and Structure


Developed with input from last year’s participants, the intent of this year’s symposium is to foster interdisciplinary collaboration on climate change research at OSU.

Discussion and planning are facilitated through the use of Breakout Groups in two sessions. Each session will start with short preview talks on each of the proposed discussion topics, followed by 1 hour of group discussions, run concurrently, with a designated leader and rapporteur. Each session will end with a plenary discussion of next steps.

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Symposium Schedule: Friday, October 9, 2020, 8:50am - 3:50pm

8:50       Welcome and Keynote Introduction: Ian Howat
9:00        Keynote Speaker: Dr. Aparna Bole, Climate and Public Health
9:30
Breakout Session 1: Overview
9:35
Break 1
9:45
Breakout Session 1
Groups:
  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Building Environment, Urban Systems, Transportation, and Cities
  • Climate and Public Health
  • Climate Justice and Equity
11:15
Break 2
11:30
Poster Groups 1 - 4
12:15
Mini Break: Poster Changeover
12:20
Poster Groups 5 - 8
1:15
Break 3
1:30
Keynote Introduction, Ian Howat
1:35
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Marta Jarzyna, Climate and Biodiversity
2:05
Breakout Session 2: Overview
2:10
Break 4
2:20
Breakout: Session 2
Groups:
  • Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Ecosystem Services
  • Climate Change: Variability and Extremes
  • Surface Water Resources and Accessibility
  • Engaging with the Public and Policy Makers
3:50
Closing Remarks: Ian Howat
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Registration is required for each event: 

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If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or ASL interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Michele Cook at cook.942@osu.edu (email) or 614-292-7972 (phone).

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Thanks to our OSU Sponsors!

Office of Research and Sustainability Institute