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
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FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

This Week's Lecture
photo of Gabriel Senay

Thursday, September 29
Gabriel Senay
Ph.D., P. E., Research Physical Scientist, U. S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS)

Satellite-Based Evapotranspiration for Landscape Response Mapping and Drought Monitoring
Evapotranspiration (ET) maps help to characterize the hydrologic response of the landscape. Modeling approaches that integrate remotely sensed and weather datasets have been successful in estimating ET at multiple spatio-temporal scales for various applications. These range from field-scale crop consumptive use to basin-scale water budget studies, and include drought monitoring and early warning. Our speaker will discuss the formulation and implementation of the Operational Simplified Surface Energy Balance (SSEBop) ET model. He will present application examples using satellite data streams from Landsat and MODIS (MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) sensors for both the U.S. and the world.


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

photo of Noelle Eckley Selin

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.


photo of James P. Kossin

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.


photo of William Powers

Thursday, September 22
William Powers
Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute

The Bolivian Eco-Municipality: A New Sustainability Framework?
The Latin American concept buen vivir or "living well,” represents a paradigm of sustainability steeped in historical practice and currently under revival. Bolivia recently crafted policies around this concept that include the Framework Law of Mother Earth, which grants to ecosystems the equivalent of human rights. Our speaker’s World Policy Institute field study examines how such new biocentric policies play out in one of Bolivia’s twenty-four nationally-designated "ecological municipalities,” the 4,500-person town of Samaipata at the cusp of the Amazon and Andes. Results show the critical link between sustainability and well-being: Samaipata’s happiness levels are above U.S. levels, yet at a tiny fraction of U.S. per capita GDP.


photo of Gabriel Senay

Thursday, September 29
Gabriel Senay
Ph.D., P. E., Research Physical Scientist, U. S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS)

Satellite-Based Evapotranspiration for Landscape Response Mapping and Drought Monitoring
Evapotranspiration (ET) maps help to characterize the hydrologic response of the landscape. Modeling approaches that integrate remotely sensed and weather datasets have been successful in estimating ET at multiple spatio-temporal scales for various applications. These range from field-scale crop consumptive use to basin-scale water budget studies, and include drought monitoring and early warning. Our speaker will discuss the formulation and implementation of the Operational Simplified Surface Energy Balance (SSEBop) ET model. He will present application examples using satellite data streams from Landsat and MODIS (MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) sensors for both the U.S. and the world.


photo of Felix Creutzig

Thursday, October 6
Felix Creutzig
Mercator Research Institute

Infrastructure and Transport


photo of Michael Notaro

Thursday, October 13
Michael Notaro
UW–Madison / Center for Climatic Research

Climate Change Projections and Implications for the Great Lakes Region


photo of Carlos Velazquez

Thursday, October 20
Carlos Velazquez
Center for Human-Earth Restoration

Phenology's Effects on the High Arctic Inuit


photo of Alexa Delwiche

Thursday, November 3
Alexa Delwiche
Center for Good Food Purchasing

Food Purchasing Standards as Tools for Sustainability


photo of Regan Zane

Thursday, November 10
Regan Zane
Utah State University

Road Electrification


photo of Kristen Malecki

Thursday, November 17
Kristen Malecki
UW–Madison / Department of Population Health Sciences

Environmental Epidemiology


collage of environmental photos

Thursday, November 24
NO LECTURE




photo of Joe Arvai

Thursday, December 1
Joe Arvai
University of Michigan / School of Natural Resources and Environment

Decision-Making in Environmental Contexts


photo of Sumudu Atapattu

Thursday, December 8
Sumudu Atapattu
UW–Madison / School of Law

Sustainable Development & International Law