Katrina, Sandy and Harvey: Exploring the Relationship Between Climate Change and Extreme Weather
with Kevin Trenberth, Kerry Emmanuel and Kim Langmaid, moderated by Mercedes Quesada-Embid
March 15, 2018
Donovan Pavilion | Vail
There’s no shortage of extreme weather occurring around the globe and scientists assert that intense storms, droughts and record-breaking heat waves are occurring with increased frequency because of humans. But blaming individual weather events on climate change is harder. This panel of scientists will discuss the links between climate change and the intensity of hurricanes and typhoons, from historical patterns to man’s influence. The program will close with Kim Langmaid providing an update on the Climate Action Plan for the Eagle County Community.
Kevin Trenberth is a Distinguished Senior Scientist in the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He was a lead author of the 1995, 2001 and 2007 Scientific Assessment of Climate Change reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize which went to the IPCC. He focuses on climate variability and climate change, including global energy, water cycles and how they are changing.
Kerry Emanuel is the Cecil & Ida Green Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT and the Co-Director of the Lorenz Center. A prominent meteorologist and climate scientist, Emanuel specializes in moist convection in the atmosphere and tropical cyclones. His research interests focus on tropical meteorology and climate, with a specialty in hurricane physics.
Kim Langmaid is the vice president, director of sustainability and founder of Walking Mountains Science Center. Her focus includes local sustainability, collaborative conservation and environmental education.
Mercedes Quesada-Embid is an associate professor of sustainability studies at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards.
This program is presented in partnership with Walking Mountains Science Center and is generously underwritten by Holly and Buck Elliot.