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Title: The science of climate change: impacts, uncertainties and challenges ahead
Abstract: Climate Change has become a very divisive topic in the public arena, used by different interest groups to advance their particular agendas. Here I will focus on the scientific aspects of climate change and discuss how observed and projected future impacts of climate change, both globally and locally, will affect aspects of our daily lives over the coming decades. To reduce our vulnerability in the light of such changes will require that we transform our infrastructure, cities, health system and energy production in to more resilient systems. The talk will discuss some of the major challenges our society is facing, when moving forward with this transformation, but also the opportunities and co-benefits we can take advantage of when developing and implementing new and innovative adaptation and mitigation strategies.
Mathias Vuille is a Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at UAlbany. He received his PhD from the University of Bern in Switzerland and then worked at the University of Massachusetts for 12 years before joining the University at Albany in 2008. He is a climate scientist who works on problems related to glacier retreat and climate change adaptation in the tropical Andes. He has been involved in adaptation projects on behalf of UNESCO, the Interamerican Development Bank and the World Bank and served as a Senior Fellow for the US State Department’s Program on Energy and Climate Partnerships in the Americas. He is a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles on global climate change. He teaches graduate and undergraduate course on Climate Change, Paleoclimate and Major Topics in Environmental Science.