Webinars: Climate Conversations

This series explores the causes and effects of climate change on ecosystems, weather, policy, and communities.

Climate Conversations feature panel discussions broadcast as live streaming webinars from the University of Colorado Boulder campus with guest scientists and subject matter experts.

Watch replays and get the slides from the first two webinars.  And be sure to register for the free April 16th webinar (details below).

Extreme Weather: Climate Change Impact, Adaptation and Mitigation

April 16, 2014 4:30 - 6:00pm MT

Dr. Kevin Trenberth and Dr. Patricia Romero-Lankao will discuss the intersection between science, politics and economics as they pertain to the impacts of climate change. They will also discuss adaptations and mitigations of the impacts of a changing climate - with examples from the US and abroad. This panel brings together the expertise of a physical scientist and a social scientist to summarize findings from the recently released IPCC working group reports.  Register for the free webinar now!

Kevin Trenberth
Dr. Kevin Trenberth is a Distinguished Senior Scientist in the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Originally from New Zealand, he obtained his Sc. D. in meteorology in 1972 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Trenberth was a lead author of the 1995, 2001 and 2007 Scientific Assessment of Climate Change reports for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He shares in the Nobel Peace Prize which was awarded to the IPCC in 2007. He currently chairs the Global Energy and Water Exchanges (GEWEX) scientific steering group.
Patricia Romero-Lankao
Dr. Patricia Romero-Lankao is an interdisciplinary social scientist in National Center for Atmospheric Research's Research Applications Laboratory.  She was a lead co-author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Working Group II contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), March 2014. Dr. Romero-Lankao received a Ph.D. in regional development from the Autonomous Metropolitan University and a Ph.D. in agricultural sciences from the University of Bonn, Germany. She was recently featured with Dr. Michael Oppenheimer on PBS News Hour coverage of the IPCC report.

Questions the webinar will address:

  • What are communities and governments doing now to prepare for extreme weather?
  • What should change in their approach to climate change adaptation and mitigation?
  • What more can the scientific community do to prepare citizens for climate-related extreme weather?
  • What are the greatest threats to vulnerable populations - those communities that are under-served (marginalized) and lacking resources to prepare or deal with extreme weather events?

Register now to attend the free webinar.

Replays of Climate Conversations video webinars

Attribution of Extreme Weather Events

Dr. Stephanie Herring and Dr. Martin Hoerling from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration discuss the climate-related causes of extreme weather events.

Water in the West: Too Little or Too Much

Three hydrologists from the U.S. Geological Survey:  Dr. Jeff Writer, Dr. Brian Ebel and Sheila Murphy discuss the 2013 flood in Colorado, its affect on local watersheds, water storage and streamflow.

Challenges to the Colorado River Basin

Water in the West: The Colorado River Basin, includes Doug Kenney, Ph.D. Director, Western Water Policy Program at University of Colorado Law School.   Jeff Lukas, Senior Research Associate, Western Water Assessment, CIRES, University of Colorado Boulder.

The Climate Conversations webinar series is sponsored by the Learn More About Climate initiative of the Office for University Outreach at the University of Colorado Boulder and
the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences.