Focus on the Climate: Park City Lecture Series
Focus on the Climate is a spring 2012 science lecture series sponsored by Swaner EcoCenter, Park City Municipal Corporation, and Newpark Town Center. These organizations have partnered to deliver three separate lectures from area scholars and refocus our community on the issue of climate change.
Global Climate Change - Past, Present, and Future
Tuesday, March 27th, 7 - 8:30 pm
David Chapman, University of Utah. David Chapman is a Distinguished Professor of Geology and Geophysics at the "U" and Dean of the Graduate School. His presentation will include a review of evidence of climate change from the last 150 years, including his own research on temperatures from boreholes drilled into the earth. He'll introduce the new Climate Change Index, a metric used to gauge system stability, and close with the latest predictions for future scenarios that incorporate global population and energy use.
Utah's Changing Climate: Cycles Within Cycles
Wednesday, April 11th, 7 - 8:30 pm
Robert Gillies, Utah State University. Rob Gillies is a physicist, the State of Utah Climatologist, Director of the Utah Climate Center, and Associate Professor at USU. An advocate for public science and climate change education, Professor Gillies will be speaking about his just-released research linking climate change to our weather patterns in Utah as well as discussing the meaning of year-to-year variations in temperature and precipitation. What will climate change mean for Utah's weather and our beloved powder?
How to Avoid the Truth About Climate Change
Thursday, April 26th, 7 - 8:30 pm
Barry Bickmore, Brigham Young University. Barry Bickmore is a geochemistry professor at Brigham Young University and actively promotes public literacy on climate change. From 2008-2010 he was a County Delegate for the Republican Party. The scientific evidence for human-caused climate change is quite strong, and yet many people still don't accept it. Professor Bickmore will explain why political conservatives like himself are most likely to dismiss the scientific consensus on climate change and he will recount how he changed his mind on the issue. He will then discuss the reasoning some people use to dismiss the scientific consensus and show why it doesn’t hold water.
This series is free and open to the public! All lectures will be held at Swaner EcoCenter; 1258 Center Drive Park City, UT 84098
Space is limited for each lecture, so arrive early. RSVPs are encouraged (email: SwanerEcoCenter@usu.edu or call 435.649.1767 ext. 113).