Current Research in Climate Change (OCN/ATMS/ESS 586): The Road To COP 20

2 credits


Location: PAA A114

Schedule: Tu 3:30-4:50 PM

Department: PCC

Quarter: Fall

LuAnne Thompson (Oceanography) and Kris Ebi (Global Health)

Over the last year, the most recent IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report was released. The results confirmed the urgency with which the international community needs to address both the causes and consequences of climate change. The next negotiations of the UNFCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) will take place in Lima, Peru December 1-12, the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties. This seminar will focus on both political and science issues associated with the next round of negotiations and will lead the student towards a more complete understanding of both the negotiation process as well as recent results in climate science that will inform the negotiations.

There will be required readings each week that will inform the discussion with the speaker after their seminar.


Sept 30 Becky Alexander, UW Atmospheric Sciences
Climate impacts of sort-lived air pollutants

Oct 7 Francis Zweirs, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, University of Victoria
Extreme events

Oct 14 Tom Ackerman (UW Atmospheric Sciences) and Stephan Gardiner (UW Philosophy)
Perspectives on geoengineering: ethics and science

Oct 21 Daniel Schwartz, UW Chemical Engineering and Director of UW Clean Energy Institute
The Clean Energy Landscape

Oct 28 Megan Gambs and Pam Barrett, UW Oceanography and IGERT Program on Ocean Change
Climate Change Policy & the U.S. Congress: A Twenty-Year Review

Nov 4 Led by LuAnne Thompson, UW Oceanography and Director of the Program on Climate Change
An Informal Discussion on the IPCC Fifth Assessment Synthesis Report

Nov 11 Veterans Day, No Seminar

Nov 18 Kristie Ebi, UW Global Health
An Introduction to the UN Framework Convention on Climate change, the IPCC, and the Conference of Parties Negotiations

Nov 25 Kristie Ebi, UW Global Health
Shared Socioeconomic Pathways and Climate Change Research

Dec 2 Fasail Hossain, UW Civil and Environmental Engineering
Lessons Learned from Implementing an Operational Satellite-Based Flood Forecasting System in a Developing Nation