Extreme Makeover: Planet Earth Edition

Climate Expert Dr. Brian Soden To Speak About Global Warming Trends and Expectations

Brian Soden

VIRGINIA KEY, Fla. — Motivated by the need to better understand how human activities are altering Earth's climate, Dr. Brian Soden, associate professor of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, has been involved in climate science for more than a decade. His work, which has been widely featured in scientific journals including Science and Nature, as well as the Nobel Prize winning IPCC report, is helping to unravel what these climatic changes might bring in the future.

On March 11, join the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School as it welcomes Soden for a discussion on the effect droughts, downpours, hurricanes and other extreme weather phenomena can have on the planet.  Part of the successful Sea Secrets lecture series, the presentation will take place in the Rosenstiel School Auditorium, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Virginia Key. The event includes a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6:00 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

The Rosenstiel School and the Ocean Research and Education Foundation co-host the roster of distinguished scientists and explorers who will speak in the 2009 Sea Secrets lecture series.  The events are designed to provide insight and information about the oceans that cover two-thirds of the planet, and much of which, are still an enigma.

Sponsored by The Lawrence J. and Florence A. De George Charitable Trust, and the Charles N. and Eleanor Knight Leigh Foundation, Sea Secrets is organized by Drs. Robert Ginsburg and Ellen Prager, and is designed for the South Florida non-scientific community.  For more information, please call 305-421-4207.

The Ocean Research and Education Foundation is a non-profit corporation focused on marine science. It organizes geological research in the Bahamas on the living counterparts of the first evidence of life on Earth some three billion years old. The Foundation also leads a Caribbean-wide assessment of the condition of coral reefs that has produced the only comprehensive regional database of corals, fish and algae ( For the past decade, the Foundation and the Rosenstiel School have collaborated to present the popular Sea Secrets lecture series, five annual events aimed at informing and inspire students and the general public on marine science.

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
Founded in the 1940’s, the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life.  For more information, please visit

Media Contacts:

Barbra Gonzalez
UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Marie Guma-Diaz
UM Media Relations Office

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