UNH To Host High-Profile Public Discussion, Lecture On Global Climate Change
By David Sims, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
October 10, 2007
The president of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), noted atmospheric
scientist Ralph Cicerone, will discuss climate change and its human causes
in a free public lecture at UNH at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. The public is
also invited to engage in a panel discussion preceding the lecture at which
scientists will discuss the future of Earth and space science.
Among the panelists is Berrien Moore III, director of the UNH Institute
for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space and former chair of the National
Academies Committee on International Space Programs of the Space Studies
Board, the latter of which is co-sponsoring the event.
Says Moore, “Understanding global climate change requires a planetary
perspective. Consequently, space-based observing systems focused on this
challenge will be part of the lives of people for centuries to come.”
The UNH event is the second in a yearlong series of public lectures and
colloquia being presented around the country by the NAS Space Studies Board.
Entitled “Forging the Future of Space Science,” the purpose
of the series is to examine new discoveries in space science and look ahead
at what the next 50 years will bring.
The series takes advantage of the 50th anniversary of the International
Geophysical Year (IGY) of 1957-58 – the beginning of the Space Age – to
engage with the public and the scientific community to assess achievements
from the past 50 years and look forward to the next half century of space
and Earth science discoveries, including the space-based observation and
study of our changing planet.
Both events are free and open to the public and will be held Friday, October
19 in the Great Bay Room of the New England Center in Durham. The panel
discussion, “The Future of Space Science: The Sun-Earth Connection,” runs
from 3 -5 p.m. The lecture by Ralph Cicerone, “Global Climate Change
and Human Causes,” begins at 8 p.m.
For more information about the series visit www.nationalacademies.org/ssb