NOAA Administrator Conrad Lautenbacher to open October 12 climate change workshop

Retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will give opening remarks at the ASTC preconference IGLO workshop on October 12. Admiral Lautenbacher will discuss timely NOAA climate information and answer questions. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the latest developments in climate research from one of the leading climate science agencies, and to find out about which topics are on the research forefront.

Buses will depart from the front of the Wilshire Grand Hotel at 7:45 a.m. Following registration, introductions, and Admiral Lautenbacher’s opening remarks, the day will begin with presentations by two distinguished researchers: Waleed Abdalati, head of the Cryospheric Sciences Branch at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, will answer the question “Is Greenland melting?” and Keith W. Dixon, meteorologist at the Climate Dynamics & Prediction Group of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) at Princeton University, New Jersey, will show, through state-of-the-art global climate models, how the ocean component influences the large-scale spatial patterns and time scales associated with climate change.

The morning will conclude with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Aquarium of the Pacific, which is committed to “greening the institution” in every aspect of its operations, from energy, water, materials, and recycling to the seafood served in its restaurant. After lunch, breakout groups will address the following topics:

• citizen science explorations of Earth’s changing environment;

• informal science institutions as safe havens for public discourse on science policy issues;

• professional development and societal-decision support workshops related to Earth science data and research;

• IGLO initial evaluation and next steps.

Posters on climate change-related activities and additional ideas for afternoon sessions are welcome.

To participate, contact for a registration form. The cost is $65, payable in advance by check or credit card. No cash or traveler’s checks are accepted, and preregistration is mandatory.