What: Media are invited to attend a special press conference to take place at Scripps Institution of Oceanography following the Feb. 2 release of a special summary report prepared for policymakers as part of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
When: Friday, Feb. 2, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Birch Aquarium at Scripps, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla
(Take I-5, exit la Jolla Village Drive, west one mile.)
Who: Two Scripps Oceanography scientists who contributed to the IPCC assessment report, researchers Lynne Talley and V. Ramanathan, will discuss their participation and scientific perspective on the report. In addition, Scripps climate experts Ralph Keeling, Tim Barnett and Daniel Cayan will join Scripps Director Tony Haymet in providing insights and a comprehensive analysis of the new report.
Background: The IPCC, sponsored by the United Nations, creates periodical syntheses of climate change research and analyzes potential societal impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. Previous reports issued in 1990, 1995 and 2001 have concluded with increasing certainty that human activities are changing Earth's climate, most notably in the form of a worldwide warming of the atmosphere and oceans. The Summary for Policymakers is the first component of the report from the IPCC's Working Group I and is part of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report that will be released in stages throughout 2007. The Summary for Policymakers will contain several key findings and revised estimates about climate change ranging from temperature increase to sea level rise.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical, and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today on every continent and in every ocean. The institution has a staff of more than 1,400 and annual expenditures of approximately $195 million from federal, state, and private sources. Scripps operates oceanographic research vessels recognized worldwide for their outstanding capabilities. Equipped with innovative instruments for ocean exploration, these ships constitute mobile laboratories and observatories that serve students and researchers from institutions throughout the world. Birch Aquarium at Scripps serves as the interpretive center of the institution and showcases Scripps research and a diverse array of marine life through exhibits and programming for more than 430,000 visitors each year. Learn more at scripps.ucsd.edu and follow us at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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