[pccgrads] PCC Public Lecture: "Sobel on Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change" Tue March 17 at 7:30

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Tue Feb 24 07:52:30 PST 2015

Save the Date!
The PCC Public Lecture Returns!
All are welcome, no registration.

Speaker: Adam Sobel, Professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
and of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University
Title: "Hurricane Sandy and climate change: predictions and responses"

Tuesday March 17, 2015
7:30pm in
Genome Sciences (Foege) Auditorium S060

Hurricane Sandy's landfall on the northeastern US coast was forecast
remarkably well in the days leading up to it. That forecast enabled many
life-saving preparations.

Another kind of forecast, equally accurate in its own way, had been
available much longer - and yet was not nearly as effective. The risks to
New York City's built environment of a Sandy-like event had been known for
decades. But little was done to make that built environment more resilient,
and it suffered great damage as a result. This conforms to a historical
pattern in which science-based warnings of the risk of a future disaster are
not taken seriously until the disaster has happened at least once. This
reactive pattern will not serve us well in dealing with human-induced
climate change.

Questions? Contact Miriam uwpcc at uw.edu
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