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Predicting the Climate of Coming Decades
Univ. of Miami’s Rosenstiel School to Host Climate
Variability Workshop Jan. 11–14
Photo credit: Sarah Woods
MIAMI — The University of Miami’s (UM’s)
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science will be
the location for a workshop entitled: “Predicting the
Climate of Coming Decades,” from January 11 – 14,
2010. The goal of the event is to bring together researchers
involved in developing climate prediction systems and potential
users to discuss the prospects for decadal climate prediction.
“The climate of the coming decades is going to be
influenced by human-induced changes as well as
‘natural’ fluctuations. To date, these have been
examined separately. However, in order to plan for, manage, and
adapt to these changes, we need to make predictions that
include both naturally occurring and human-induced climate
changes.” said Dr. Amy Clement, associate professor of
Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at UM’s Rosenstiel
School, and workshop co-chair.
“The timing of this workshop is important—the
scientific community is embarking on a great effort of making
decadal climate predictions, but there is still the question of
how useful these predictions will be to decision makers,”
added Clement. “That answer will have to come from
the people who could potentially take the next steps with this
information by integrating the climate scenarios into planning
for activities of interest, such as agriculture, water resource
management, urban planning and public health, to name a
The workshop in Miami will consist of keynote lectures by
speakers from around the world. These are some of the leading
experts in many different disciplines including the social
sciences, resource management and physical sciences. Sessions
will focus on bridging the gap between what is feasible from a
technical and scientific viewpoint, and the realities of the
kind of information that can be made available to users.
Water resources, long-term risk management, marine ecosystems,
extreme weather events, coastal processes and public lands are
among the topics to be discussed.
The registration fee is $60 per person. Limited travel support
is available; applications are due October 15, 2009.
Poster titles and abstract files are being collected during the
registration process; deadline for poster submissions is
November 15, 2009.
The event is sponsored by UM’s Rosenstiel School of Marine
and Atmospheric Science, NOAA, World Climate Research Programme
— CLIVAR and the Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem
Science and Policy at the University of Miami.
For more information, please visit http://www.clivar.org/rsmas_decadal.php