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Warren Washington, an atmospheric science and climate expert who has advised five U.S. presidents, will speak April 9 in Denver at the fourth annual Colorado Global Climate Conference for high school students.
The Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes (CMMAP), a collaboration of 30 entities around the world that is based at CSU’s Department of Atmospheric Science, is hosting the conference for students grades 9-12. The event is designed to educate, inspire, and empower students to be informed citizens on global climate issues.
Cost for the conference is $15 in advance or $20 at the event, which will be at the Colorado Convention Center. Support for bus fees and substitute teacher costs are available. To register, go to http://cmmap.colostate.edu/scienceEd/cgcc10/register.php.
Washington is senior scientist and head of the Climate Change Research Section in the Climate and Global Dynamics Division at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. He is an expert in atmospheric science and climate research, and specializes in computer modeling of the earth’s climate. Washington has advised five presidents and the U.S. Department of Energy, and served as a role model to young people. He has published more than 100 papers in professional journals, and is the co-author of the book, “An Introduction to Three-Dimensional Climate Modeling.”
Students will register for three breakout sessions in which to participate throughout the day. Sessions offered will address climate science, mitigation and adaptation, local/national/international impacts, alternative energy, how to communicate climate change, common misconceptions, and policy, to name a few. The breakout sessions are designed to be engaging and interactive.
The Colorado Global Climate Conference will also hold a special logo design contest. All participating students are encouraged to design a logo that will reflect elements of earth and/or climate. All submissions will be printed and displayed at the conference. Participants and CMMAP leadership will vote for their favorite.
CMMAP is a $19 million National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center that is dedicated to understanding clouds and their role in the global climate system. CMMAP is developing a revolutionary new approach to climate modeling that will help us better understand the roles that clouds play today and in the future as the world’s climate changes.
For more information about the conference, go to http://cmmap.colostate.edu/scienceEd/cgcc10/