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Symposium this Week on Climate and Adaptation

This week climate scientists from the United States and Europe will join with officials from government and international agencies at Columbia to share knowledge about climate change and strategies for adaptation in North America and the Caribbean.

North Am symposium on CC adaptationThe North American Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation takes place Tuesday through Thursday in Avery Hall’s Wood Auditorium on Columbia’s Morningside campus.

Registration is closed, but Columbia University students, faculty, and staff who are not presenting papers may register to attend for free at

Climate change already affects many parts of North America and the Caribbean in the form of heat waves, sea level rise, changes in rainfall patterns, increased risk of severe storms and drought. The conference will address the need for a better understanding of how climate change affects North America and for the identification of processes and tools which may help countries and communities adapt.

The conference will include opening and keynote talks by some Earth Institute researchers, including Adam H. Sobel, director of the Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate, a co-sponsor of the symposium; Cynthia E. Rosenzweig of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies; Lisa Goddard, director of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society; and Vivian Gornitz of the Goddard Institute.

Other Earth Institute participants include Radley Horton, a climate scientist at NASA and the Center for Climate Systems Research; Saleem Khan and Amsad Ibrahim Khan of the Center for International Earth Science Information Network; Derek Willis of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society; Elisaveta Petkova of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness; and Alex C. Ruane of the Goddard Institute.

For more information, visit the conference website, hosted by the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

The symposium was organized by the International Climate Change Information Programme, Columbia University, the Association of Climate Change Officers, and the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany. Co-chairs are Professor Walter Leal, Manchester Metropolitan University in England and Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany; and Professor Jesse M. Keenan, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.





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