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 previous webinars. 

Extreme Weather: Climate Change Impact, Adaptation and Mitigation

Dr. Kevin Trenberth and Dr. Patricia Romero-Lankao discuss the intersection among science, politics, and economics as related to the impacts of climate change.  They explore adaptation and mitigation of these impacts - with examples from the US and abroad. This panel brings together the expertise of a physical scientist with a social scientist to summarize findings from the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) working group reports.  Dr. Romero-Lankao is a lead co-author on the IPCC Working Group II report.  Dr. Trenberth was a lead author of the 1995, 2001 and 2007 Scientific Assessment of Climate Change reports for the IPCC, and shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize that was awarded to the IPCC.  This webinar was recorded on April 16, 2014.

Attribution of Extreme Weather Events

According to the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), in 2013, there were 7 weather and climate disaster events, killing 109 people and resulting in losses exceeding $1 billion with each event across the United States.  Dr. Stephanie Herring and Dr. Martin Hoerling, both from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Earth System’s Research Lab, discuss the climate-related causes of extreme weather events. They also explore how scientists attribute single events or trends in extreme weather to climate change.  Dr. Herring and Dr. Hoerling collaborated on the Explaining Extreme Events of 2012 From a Climate Perspective report, which resulted in their inclusion on Foreign Policy magazine's Top 100 Global Thinkers list.  This webinar was recorded March 5, 2014.

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 for the Colorado River Basin

Challenges for 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.