AER Seminar with MIT Climate Scientist Susan Solomon

Location: 
AER Headquarters, Lexington, MA
Date: 
November 15, 2012
Significant human and computer resources are directed at climate modeling – but just how useful are climate model projections?

AER will host a noontime seminar by MIT Professor Susan Solomon on "Emerging Signals of Climate Changes: Where in the World will Climate Change First?".

As climate models improve and computing resources increase, decision makers' hopes for accurate local climate predictions are growing. Solomon, recently recruited by MIT to be the Ellen Swallow Richards Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Science at MIT, will summarize recent research showing the surprising result that an early onset of significant local warming that exceeds past variability is already emerging or will likely emerge in the next two decades in many tropical countries.

Date: November 15, 2012
Time: 12:00pm - Bring a bag lunch
Where: 131 Hartwell Ave., Lexington, MA 02421, 3rd Floor Main Conference Room

The AER offices are immediately next to the Hanscom Air Force Base, Hartwell Ave. gate and just around the corner from Lincoln Lab (http://www.aer.com/about-us/contact-us/directions-aers-lexington-offices). Parking is available.

This event is open to the public. If you can join us, please let us know by clicking here and providing your contact information.

About Professor Susan Solomon

Prof. Susan Solomon is a leading atmospheric chemist who is well known for positing the theory and discovering the cause of the Antarctic ozone hole. Solomon, who had been a scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration since 1981, joined the faculty of MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) in January 2012.

Solomon has led two expeditions to Antarctica and had a glacier named after her. She is the author of several books and influential scientific papers in climate science, and has been honored with numerous prestigious awards, including the 1999 National Medal of Science (the highest scientific honor in the US) and the Grande Medaille (the highest award of the French Academy of Sciences). A member of the National Academy of Sciences, the French Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society, and the Acadameia Europaea, Solomon also co-led the science assessment of the most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. TIME Magazine named Solomon as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2008.

Outside her core-scientific interests, Susan is the author of The Coldest March, a popular book on Antarctic history which stemmed from her frequent Antarctic sojourns during the late 80's and early 90's. Her book was selected among '2001 Books of the Year' lists of The New York Times, The Economist (UK), and The Independent (UK).

In this video, Solomon reflects on climate change, its implications for society, and her move to MIT
http://video.mit.edu/watch/introducing-atmospheric-chemist-susan-solomon-8844/