Webinars: Climate Conversations

Extreme Weather: Climate Change Impact, Adaptation and Mitigation

In this panel discussion, Dr. Patricia Romero-Lankao, a social scientist and Dr. Kevin Trenberth, a physical scientist discuss the intersection between science, politics and economics as they pertain to the impacts of climate change. They also explore adaptation and mitigation of the impacts of a changing climate with examples from the US and abroad. Both are contributors to the International Panel on Climate Change and speak to the findings from the recently released IPCC working group reports.

Featured Speakers

  • Patricia Romero-Lankao

    Dr. Patricia Romero-Lankao, Ph.D.
    Research Applications Laboratory
    As an interdisciplinary social scientist in National Center for Atmospheric Research's Research Applications Laboratory, Dr. Romero-Lankao focuses on the intersections between urban development and the environment, including the carbon cycle, the climate system and the water cycle. She was a lead co-author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Working Group II contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5).

  • Kevin Trenberth

    Dr. Kevin Trenberth, Ph.D.
    Distinguished Senior Scientist, Climate Analysis
    Distinguished Senior Scientist in the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Dr. Trenberth was a lead author of the 1995, 2001 and 2007 Scientific Assessment of Climate Change reports from the IPCC. Recently his primary research has focused on the global energy and water cycles and how they are changing. His work mainly involves empirical studies and quantitative diagnostic calculations.


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The Climate Conservations webinar series was co-funded by Learn More About Climate, a program of the University of Colorado Boulder Office for University Outreach, and by the NASA-funded Inspiring Climate Education Excellence (ICEE) project.

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