Conferences & Symposia

Something in the Air: Climate Change, Science and Policy

The 2011 science symposium takes a cross-disciplinary approach to the topic of climate and policy. Atmospheric and environmental scientists, engineers, archaeologists, and scholars of public health, economics, and government come together to address and debate topics fundamental to our understanding of the science of climate change and the policies that result. These issues will be considered in relation to the recent UN Climate Change Conferences and the worldwide economic downturn. 

Organizing Committee

Kerry Emanuel
Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director, Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Rebecca M. Henderson
Senator John Heinz Professor of Environmental Management, Harvard Business School, Harvard University

Dimitar D. Sasselov
Senior Advisor to the Science Program, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Professor of Astronomy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Daniel Schrag
Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University; Director, Harvard University Center for the Environment

Rosalind A. Segal
Senior Advisor to the Science Program, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School; Member of the Departments of Pediatric Oncology and Cancer Biology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard University

Robert Stavins
Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government; Director, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements; Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program; Chair, Environment and Natural Resources Faculty Group, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University

Robert C. Stowe
Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program; Manager, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University

Maria Zuber
E.A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics and Head, Department of Earth,
Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Schedule

9:00 am

Welcome

Dimitar D. Sasselov, Senior Advisor to the Science Program, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Professor of Astronomy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
9:15 a.m.

"Understanding Climate Change, Irreversibility, and the Societal Challenge"

Susan Solomon, Senior Scientist, Chemical Sciences Division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 

10:00 am

"Human Adaptation to Climate Change in the Archaeological Past"

Jennifer R. Smith, Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis 

10:45 pm

Break

11:15 am

"Water Vapor, the Hydrological Cycle, and Climate Change"

Isaac M. Held, Senior Research Scientist, head of Weather and Atmospheric Dynamics Group, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory/NOAA (Princeton, NJ); Lecturer with rank of Professor in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program, Princeton University 

12:00 pm

"Climate, Oceans, and Human Health"

Rita Colwell, Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland at College Park and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health; Senior Advisor and Chairman Emeritus, Canon US Life Sciences; President and CEO, CosmosID, Inc. 

12:45 pm

Break

2:00 pm

"Solar Geoengineering as a Tool to Manage Climate Risks"

David Keith, Canada Research Chair in Energy and the Environment, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary 

2:45 pm

"The Global Politics of Clean Energy Innovation"

Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment; Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, Council on Foreign Relations 

3:30 pm

Break

4:00 pm

Panel Discussion

David S. Battisti, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Tamaki Endowed Chair, University of Washington

Kerry Emanuel, Professor of Atmospheric Science; Director, Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Daniel Schrag, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University; Director, Harvard University Center for the Environment

Carl Wunsch, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physical Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Maria Zuber, E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics and Head of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

4:45 pm

Closing Remarks

Rosalind A. Segal, Senior Advisor to the Science Program, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School; Member of the Departments of Pediatric Oncology and Cancer Biology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard University