Corals as Climate Communicators
"Corals as Climate Communicators"
Dr. Kim Cobb
climate scientist in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia
Institute of Technology
April 16, 2015
Charity Randall Theatre
(in the Stephen Foster Memorial Building)
4301 Forbes Ave
The public's hunger for information about climate change has never been greater, yet the politicization of climate change has made it difficult to separate truth from fiction. On the heels of news that 2014 was the warmest year on record, it is important to remember that the instrumental record of climate is relatively short, spanning a little over a century in some regions of the world but only a few decades in the more remote regions. Over the course of many trips to small coral atolls in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Dr. Kim Cobb has spent over 15 years assembling a record of climate from corals that spans many millennia. The results help to place current climate change trends in context, demonstrating that such records are a critical piece of the climate change puzzle. Through video and photos, Dr. Cobb takes the audience to her field sites to hear the corals tell their climate story.
This lecture is free and open to the public but space is limited. Follow the link below to reserve your seat.
This lecture has been made possible by the University of Pittsburgh Honors College in cooperation with Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, The National Aviary, and the NAS/NAE Science & Engineering Ambassadors Program.