Apr 16: Corals as Climate Communicators

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Photo: Kim Cobb"Corals as Climate Communicators"

Dr. Kim Cobb, distinguished climate scientist in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology

4 PM at the Charity Randall Theatre (in the Stephen Foster Memorial Building at 4301 Forbes Ave., between the Cathedral of Learning and Schenley Plaza).  Free and open to the public, but space is limited -- please register online.  Parking is available in the Soldiers and Sailors garage, and lots of buses go right by Pitt. 
The public's hunger for information about climate change has never been greater, yet the politicization of climate change has made it difficult to separate truth from fiction. On the heels of news that 2014 was the warmest year on record, it is important to remember that the instrumental record of climate is relatively short, spanning a little over a century in some regions of the world but only a few decades in the more remote regions. Over the course of many trips to small coral atolls in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Dr. Kim Cobb has spent over 15 years assembling a record of climate from corals that spans many millennia. The results help to place current climate change trends in context, demonstrating that such records are a critical piece of the climate change puzzle. Through video and photos, Dr. Cobb takes the audience to her field sites to hear the corals tell their climate story.
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This lecture has been made possible by the University of Pittsburgh Honors College in cooperation with Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, The National Aviary, and the NAS/NAE Science & Engineering Ambassadors Program.

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