May 1, 2006
Global warming expert to speak at UC Santa
Cruz on May 10
By Tim Stephens
Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at
Pennsylvania State University, will give a lecture on global
climate change on Wednesday, May 10, at UC Santa Cruz. His talk--"Global
Climate Change: Past and Future"--will take place at 7
p.m. at the Seymour Center at UCSC's Long Marine Laboratory.
The event is free and open to the public.
Michael Mann's research has been central to establishing
the growing human influence on climate.
Mann is one of the leading authorities on global climate change.
His research has been central to establishing the growing human
influence on climate and, as a result, has been the target of
criticism from skeptics of global warming. Mann will present
the evidence for a human influence on the climate of recent
decades. Such evidence includes instrumental measurements available
for the past two centuries, paleoclimate observations spanning
more than a millennium, and comparisons of the predictions from
computer models with observed patterns of climate change. He
will also discuss future impacts of human-induced climate change
that are significant for the United States, including possible
influences on the intensity and frequency of hurricanes and
on water supplies in the western states.
Mann, an associate professor of meteorology at Penn State,
is a cofounder of the web site "RealClimate.org,"
chosen as one of the top 25 science and technology web sites
by Scientific American in 2005. He was named as one of
50 leading visionaries in science and technology by Scientific
American in 2002.