MBL Friday Evening Lecture – "Which World? - Climate Change, Climate Choices," Jerry Melillo

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 8:00pm
Lillie Auditorium 7 MBL Street Woods Hole, MA 02543

Long-term records from weather stations, satellites, ocean buoys, tide gauges, and many other data sources all confirm that the world is warming. Precipitation patterns are changing, the frequency and intensity of some extreme weather events are increasing, sea level is rising, and the oceans are becoming more acidic. Many lines of independent evidence demonstrate that the rapid warming and associated climatic changes over recent decades are due primarily to human activities. The observed climatic changes are triggering wide-ranging impacts across the globe. While some of these changes can be beneficial over the short run, many more are detrimental, largely because our society and its infrastructure were designed for the climate that we have had, not the rapidly changing climate we now have and can expect in the future. In addition, climate changes do not occur in isolation. Rather, they are superimposed on other stresses, which combine to create new challenges. In his lecture, Dr. Melillo will summarize the climate changes and impacts already observed and those projected for the future. He will also discuss ways that society can respond to the ongoing climate change challenge.

Jerry Melillo is a Distinguished Scientist and Director Emeritus of The Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory and a Professor of Biology at Brown University. A member of the MBL’s scientific staff since 1976, Melillo has conducted pioneering research on the impacts of human activities on the biogeochemistry of terrestrial ecosystems from local to global scales, using a combination of field studies and simulation modeling. Mellilo has dedicated decades of service to providing a scientific foundation for environmental policy as a lead author in the earliest climate assessments prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and as an author he was a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the IPCC and Al Gore, Jr.


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