Scientific highlights from the US national climate assessment
Peel Lecture Theatre, Geographical Sciences, University Road, Bristol
We were very pleased to welcome Professor Katharine Hayhoe, Texas Tech University, to the University of Bristol.
In this seminar she talked about scientific highlights from the US national climate assessment including what it’s like to work on the assessment under the current administration and why arguing facts are not going to change people’s minds if they’ve already decided they must reject the science.
Katharine Hayhoe's biography
I am a climate scientist, a professor in the Department of Political Scienceand director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, part of the Department of Interior’s South-Central Climate Science Center. My research currently focuses on establishing a scientific basis for assessing the regional to local-scale impacts of climate change on human systems and the natural environment. To this end, I analyze observations, compare future scenarios, evaluate global and regional climate models, build and assess statistical downscaling models, and constantly strive to develop better ways of translating climate projections into information relevant to agriculture, ecosystems, energy, infrastructure, public health, and water resources.
I am also the founder and CEO of ATMOS Research, where we bridge the gap between scientists and stakeholders to provide relevant, state-of-the-art information on how climate change will affect our lives to a broad range of non-profit, industry and government clients. We work with a broad range of organizations, from Austin Water to Boston Logan Airport, to assess the potential impacts of climate change on their infrastructure and future planning.
Together with my husband Andrew Farley who is a pastor, Sirius XM radio host (you can find him at 7PM central on Family Talk 131) and best-selling author of eight books including The Naked Gospel, I wrote A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions, a book that untangles the complex science and tackles many long-held misconceptions about global warming.
This event is being co-hosted by the University of Bristol Cabot Institute, Department of Geographical Sciences and Department of Earth Sciences.