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    2016: Earth's Climate Future: Uncharted Territory

  • Full program can be viewed here.
  • Steven Chu

    Fred Keeley Lecture: Steven Chu

    Nobel Prize winner Steven Chu delivered the Fred Keeley Lecture. Chu served as secretary of energy under President Obama from 2009-2013 and is now a professor at Stanford University. Dean of Social Sciences, Sheldon Kameiniecki (pictured right) moderated an audience Q&A.

  • Caldeira

    Opening Keynote: Ken Caldeira

    Atmospheric scientist Ken Caldeira from the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Department of Ecology delivered the opening keynote.
  • Panel 1

    Panel 1: Emerging Diseases, Public Health, and Climate Change

    Jenny Reardon, professor of sociology and founder of the Science and Justice Research Center at UCSC, moderated. Panelists included Melinda R. Weathers, A. Marm Kilpatrick, Daniel Brooks and Mercedes Pascual.

  • Panel 2

    Panel 2: Geoengineering and Climate Change

    Slawek Tulaczyk, professor of Earth and planetary sciences at UCSC, served as the moderator on the panel on geoengineering, the idea that the climate can be cooled through deliberate intervention. 

    Waleed Abdalati, Jeffrey Kiehl, Michael Kraft, and Alan Robock approached the idea of geoengineering with hesitation.
  • Panel 3

    Panel 3: The Geopolitics of Climate Change

    Ronnie D. Lipschutz, professor of politics and provost of College Eight, moderated the final panel of the day.

    Jacqueline Patterson, Steven Lamy, Diana Liverman, and Stacy VanDeveer discussed the major economic, political, and social issues related to climate change, especially the considerations of environmental justice.

  • 2015: No Prospect of an End: Living With an Ever Changing Climate

  • Full program can be viewed here.
  • Keynote Lecture: Richard Alley

    Keynote Lecture: Richard Alley

    Richard Alley, Department of Geosciences, Penn State University delivered the keynote lecture: "Big Challenges and Bigger Opportunities on Climate Change and Energy."

  • Coastal Resilience - Weathering the Coming Storm

    Panel 1: Coastal Resilience - Weathering the Coming Storm

    Mark Carr, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department, Institute of Marine Sciences, UCSC moderated. Panelists included: Eron Bloomgarden, Kerry Emanuel, Charles Lester, Susanne Moser, and Rob Young.

  • Wicked Tradeoffs - Unavoidable Tradeoffs Between Food, Water, Energy, and Biodiversity

    Panel 2: Wicked Tradeoffs - Unavoidable Tradeoffs Between Food, Water, Energy, and Biodiversity

    Daniel Press, Executive Director, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, Department of Environmental Studies, UCSC, moderated. Panelists included: Renata Brillinger, Noah Diffenbaugh, Ellen Hanak, Lara Hansen, and Dan Schrag.


  • 2014: Climate Science and Policy through the Looking Glass

  • Full program can be viewed here.
  • Keynote Lecture: Michael Mann

    Keynote Lecture: Michael Mann

    Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University delivered the keynote lecture.
  • Fred Keeley Lecture: Susan Solomon

    Fred Keeley Lecture: Susan Solomon

    Susan Solomon, Ellen Swallow Richards Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry & Climate Science, MIT gave the Fred Keeley Lecture.
  • Panel 1: Current State of Climate Science Research

    Panel 1: Current State of Climate Science Research

    Dean Paul Koch, Division of Physical & Biological Sciences, UCSC moderated. Panelists included: Daniel Cayan, Jeffrey Kiehl, Benjamin D. Santer, and Gavin A. Schmidt.

  • Panel 2: Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change

    Panel 2: Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change

    Daniel Press, Executive Director, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, Department of Environmental Studies, UCSC, moderated. Panelists included: Ken Alex, Steven Cohen, Guido Franco, and Barry Sinervo.

  • Panel 3: Adapting to the Future Effects of Climate Change

    Panel 3: Adapting to the Future Effects of Climate Change

    Erika Zavaleta, Pepper-Giberson Chair, Department of Environmental Studies, UCSC, moderated. Panelists included: Amrith Gunasekara, Mike Mielke, Andrew Revkin, and Terrie Williams.