Abstract: This lecture will begin with a review of the now-solid 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. The lecture will then address future likely impacts of human-induced climate change including possible influences on sea level rise, severe weather, and water supply. The lecture will conclude with a discussion of possible solutions to the climate change problem.
Biography: Michael Mann is an award-winning climate scientist and Director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center, and author of "Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming" and more recently, a book describing his experiences at the center of the debate over climate change, "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars".