Inaugural Events for New UA Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions
Two Jan. 17 events will mark the launch of the UA's Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS), housed within the Institute of the Environment.
Panel Discussion on Climate Adaptation: 12:00-1:30 pm, Student Union Memorial Center, Kiva Room
In the panel discussion, “Living in Our Future Climate: Adapting to Climate Change,” four speakers will briefly discuss different facets of climate adaptation.
Diana Liverman, co-director of the UA’s Institute of the Environment and Regents’ Professor of Geography and Development, will speak about the UA’s role in adaptation research and policy; CCASS Director Katharine Jacobs will introduce the new center and its role in supporting decisions in a national and international context; Mark Howden, chief research scientist with CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences in Canberra, Australia, will talk about the center in the context of his own adaptation experience in Australia; and Jeff Silvertooth, associate dean of UA Cooperative Extension, will discuss the expanding role of Extension at the UA in adaptation.
Public Lecture: 3:30-5:00 pm, Center for Creative Photography (CCP) Auditorium
Mark Howden, an international expert on climate adaptation from Australia and the new UA Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solution’s first Distinguished Visiting Fellow, will give a public lecture, “Climate Adaptation in Australia: Successes, Failures and Some Lessons Learned.” Howden will focus on private and public sector roles in managing the risks of a variable and changing climate. Australia has developed some innovative climate adaptation approaches, having experienced wild fluctuations in climate conditions over the last two decades.
Howden was a major contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Second, Third, and Fourth Assessment reports; developed the national and international greenhouse gas inventories for Australia's agricultural sector; and has assessed sustainable methods of reducing greenhouse emissions from agriculture. A reception in the atrium of the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture building will follow his lecture, with remarks from UA Provost Andrew Comrie.
The UA's School of Geography and Development and the Institute of the Environment are sponsoring Howden's talk.