Established in 2010, the Charles David Keeling Memorial Lecture honors Keeling and recognizes the high standard he set for scientific research. Keeling was the first to confirm the rise of atmospheric carbon dioxide by very precise measurements, producing a data set now known widely as the "Keeling Curve."
Included in the Perspectives on Ocean Science series at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, this public lecture is given by a prominent member of the global change community able to speak on topics that reflect the legacy of Keeling's work.
- 2017 - Rosina Bierbaum, Professor, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, and School of Public Health
- 2015 - Clara Deser, Climatologist, National Center for Atmospheric Research
- 2014 - David Victor, Professor of International Relations and Pacific Studies, UC San Diego
- 2013 - Richard Somerville, Climate scientist and Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Research Professor at Scripps
- 2012 - Bill McKibben, Noted environmental author
- 2011 - Lonnie Thompson, Ohio State University
- 2010 - Steve Running, University of Montana