[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

Abstract:
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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