Katharine Hayhoe will discuss the future of Delaware’s climate on Dec. 9.

Dec. 9: Climate lecture

Expert to discuss future of Delaware's climate amidst global changes

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9:32 a.m., Dec. 5, 2013--Climate is changing throughout the state of Delaware, across the United States and for the planet as a whole. Scientists are documenting increasing temperatures, rising sea levels, and more frequent precipitation and heat waves. 

Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, will discuss those changes at a lecture titled “Delaware’s Future Climate: Connecting Global Change to Local Impacts” on Monday, Dec. 9. Hosted by the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, the lecture will be held at 2 p.m. in Room 222 of Gore Hall.

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The majority of climate changes are being caused by the build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere from human emissions, Hayhoe said. This means that as emissions continue to grow, climate will continue to change ever more rapidly.

Hayhoe’s lecture will explain the challenging task of high-resolution climate projections. Population growth, energy demand, the complexities of the physical climate system and the intricacies of the statistical methods all complicate projections. 

“Using practical examples from our work for the Delaware Climate Change Assessment, I will discuss the challenges of analyzing observed trends and developing projected future trends in local to regional-scale climate,” Hayhoe said.

The lecture is free and open to the University community. 

About Katharine Hayhoe

Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist with an expertise in high-resolution climate projections and regional climate impacts. She has led climate assessments for a number of U.S. regions and is currently serving as a lead author for the upcoming 2013 U.S. National Climate Assessment. Her work has been used as the basis of state and federal policies, presented before the U.S. Congress and highlighted by media ranging from Showtime to Sports Illustrated.

Hayhoe is an associate professor and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University and founder of a scientific consulting company, ATMOS Research. She has a bachelor of science degree in physics from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree and doctorate in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois.

About UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) strives to reach a deeper understanding of the planet and improve stewardship of environmental resources. CEOE faculty and students examine complex information from multiple disciplines with the knowledge that science and society are firmly linked and solutions to environmental challenges can be synonymous with positive economic impact. 

The college brings the latest advances in technology to bear on both teaching and conducting ocean, earth and atmospheric research.  Current focus areas are ecosystem health and society, environmental observing and forecasting, and marine renewable energy and sustainability.

Photo courtesy of Katharine Hayhoe

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