Weston Roundtable Series

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Thursdays, 4:15-5:15 PM
1163 Mechanical Engineering, 1513 University Avenue

*unless noted otherwise in the list


The Weston Roundtable is made possible by a generous donation from Mr. Roy F. Weston, a highly accomplished UW-Madison alumnus. Designed to promote a robust understanding of sustainability science, engineering, and policy, these interactive lectures are co-sponsored by the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE), and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Office of Sustainability. These lectures build on the tremendous success in past years of the Weston Distinguished Lecture Series and the SAGE Seminar Series.

***Please note room change to 1163 Mechanical Engineering this semester***

Fall 2016 Schedule

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Thursday, September 8
Noelle Eckley Selin
Associate Professor, Associate Director, Technology & Policy Program, Institute for Data, Systems & Society Dept of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science MIT

Modeling and Evaluating the Impacts of Air Pollution and Climate Policies
Air pollution and climate change are fundamentally linked, and policies to mitigate air pollution and climate can result in synergies or conflicts. Effective regulation of air pollution and climate thus requires a systems approach with better understanding of environmental transport, impacts and feedbacks. To address this need, Prof. Selin uses policy evaluation, atmospheric chemistry, and human health and economic impacts analysis via coupled modeling approaches. She will illustrate with examples based on recent and proposed policy actions in the U.S. and China.

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Thursday, September 15
James P. Kossin
Ph.D, NOAA Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Hurricanes and Climate: What We Know and How Well We Know It
Tropical cyclones (or hurricanes, or typhoons, depending on the region) are part of the global climate system and are understood to react to climate variability. Exactly how they are affected is a topic of considerable interest, particularly how they respond to anthropogenic climate change. A great deal of progress toward better understanding of the relationships between tropical cyclones and climate change has been made in the past decade or so, but there is still substantial uncertainty in both past and projected manifestations of these relationships. Our speaker will discuss the current state of knowledge and introduce recent findings on this topic.