Celebrating Earth Month 2016: Climate Change at the Crossroads

Posted On: March 23, 2016

A Series Featuring Scripps Institution of Oceanography Climate Scientists


Sea surface temperature anomalies on Nov. 12, 2015. Image: NOAA

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Geisel Library, Seuss Room

A salute to the renowned climate scientists at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography illuminating different aspects of climate change challenges—the case for a more unified approach that includes religious leaders and social scientists, the tools of deception, and the communications challenges faced by scientists.

Scripps Distinguished Professor of Climate and Atmospheric Sciences Veerabhadran Ramanathan at Scripps Pier. Photo: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan

Bending the Curve of Climate Change: Why Do We Need an Alliance Between Science, Religion & Policy?

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Scripps distinguished climate and atmospheric scientist Veerabhadran Ramanathan is known for his pioneering research on climate change and climate change mitigation, including his discovery that man-made gases and pollutants other than CO2 contribute to global warming and that taking action on them can result in a quick reduction in greenhouse gases. The recipient of the Champions of the Earth Award, the United Nation’s highest environmental honor, Ramanathan is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and played a key role in advising Pope Francis and other religious leaders on climate change issues. He is also playing a leadership role in the University of California’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative, in which the UC system has pledged to nearly eliminate its contribution to global warming.


Atmospheric chemistry researcher Lynn Russell

Thursday, April 21, 2016  Ellie_Farahani

Professor Lynn Russell & Ellie Farahani

“Merchants of Doubt” and its Legacy for Climate Science and Policy

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Lynn Russell, a professor of atmospheric chemistry at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, conducts research on aerosol particle chemistry to increase our understanding of the role atmospheric aerosols play in Earth’s climate. Russell’s colleague Ellie Farahani, executive director of the Climate Science and Policy Master of Advanced Studies program at Scripps, manages international science-policy initiatives and previously conducted field campaigns measuring greenhouse gas concentrations for more than a decade. Russell and Farahani will present the documentary film, Merchants of Doubt, based on the book written by former UC San Diego science historian Naomi Oreskes, who now teaches at Harvard. Russell uses the film in her teaching, which demonstrates how climate change deniers and special interests have attempted to influence the science-policy landscape.


RichardSomervillePhoto1Thursday, April 28, 2016

Professor Emeritus Richard Somerville

Climate Change: Strong Science, Forceful Actions, Positive Outcomes

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Climate scientist Richard Somerville has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of the key physical processes that fuel climate change. Over the last several years, he has championed the importance of clear and understandable communication of the science of climate change, and last year was awarded the American Geophysical Union’s Climate Communication Prize, in recognition of his efforts. The author or co-author of more than 200 scientific publications, Somerville’s award-winning book, The Forgiving Air: Understanding Environmental Change, was recently reissued by the American Meteorological Society.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mariah Fellows at mfellows@ucsd.edu.


All visitors to the UC San Diego campus are required to display a valid parking pass. The closest parking to the Geisel Library is the Hopkins parking structure. More information on parking on campus.

Driving Directions from North of UC San Diego
1. Take I-5 southbound past the 5/805 split.
2. Take Genesee Avenue exit westbound (right off freeway).
3. Take Genesee Avenue to North Torrey Pines Road.
4. Turn left on North Torrey Pines.
5. Turn left on to North Point Drive.
6. Follow North Point Dr. through the stop signs; as it curves right it will become Hopkins Drive.
7. Continue on Hopkins Drive until you reach Voigt Drive.
8. The Hopkins parking structure is at the corner of Voigt Drive with entrances on both Hopkins and Voigt Drive.

Driving Directions from South of UC San Diego
1. Take I-5 northbound.
2. Take La Jolla Village Drive westbound (left off freeway).
3. La Jolla Village Drive turns into North Torrey Pines Road. Stay on it to North Point Drive.
4. Turn right on North Point Drive.
5. Follow North Point Dr. through the stop signs; as it curves right it will become Hopkins Drive.
6. Continue on Hopkins Drive until you reach Voigt Drive.
7. The Hopkins parking structure is at the corner of Voigt Drive with entrances on both Hopkins and Voigt Drive.

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