CU climate scientists available to speak on National Climate Assessment (NCA)

Several University of Colorado Boulder scientists can talk about global climate change as it relates to the new National Climate Assessment (NCA) released May 6, 2014 by the White House This includes two co-authors of the assessment, Kristen Averyt and Mark Serreze.

Kristen Averyt, associate director for science at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), a joint venture of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and CU-Boulder, can talk about water resources as they relate to a changing climate. She was at the White House for the release of the NCA. Averyt can be reached at or at 303-827-1059. Watch Dr. Averyt describe the “Water-Energy Nexus & Effects of Climate Change” in this 5-minute video produced by Learn More About Climate.

Mark Serreze, director of CU-Boulder’s National Snow and Ice Data Center at CIRES, can talk about ice on Earth’s surface, including dwindling Arctic sea ice. He can be reached via Natasha Vizcarra at or at 303-492-1497.

Tad Pfeffer, fellow at CU-Boulder’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), can talk about glacier melt and sea rise. Pfeffer is the first author on a paper published online today in the Journal of Glaciology detailing the mapping of nearly 200,000 global glaciers to help better understand sea rise and can be reached at or at 303-492-3480.

Jim White, director of INSTAAR, can talk about abrupt climate change and the analysis of ice cores to better understand past climates. He recently chaired a National Research Council committee that prepared a report calling for the development of an early warning system to help scientists better anticipate sudden climate changes and their impacts on society. He can be reached at or at 303-492-7909.

For more information contact Jim Scott in the CU-Boulder media relations office at 303-492-3114 or

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