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"Bridging the Science-Society Divide: Developing Integrated Scenarios for Climate Change Decision Support"

Spring 2010 STEP Seminar Series -- Speaker: Richard Moss, Senior Scientist, Joint Global Change Research Institute, University of Maryland -- The implications of climate change for the environment and society will depend not only on the response of the Earth system to changes in radiative forcings, but also on how humankind responds through changes in technology, economies, lifestyle, and policy. Extensive uncertainties exist in future forcings of and responses to climate change, necessitating the use of "scenarios" of the future to explore the potential consequences of different response options. This talk and the subsequent discussion will review a new process for creating plausible scenarios to investigate key questions and policy issues related to climate change. It will focus on the requirements for descriptions of socio-economic and environmental futures to complement climate scenarios needed especially for considering the evolution of future vulnerability and the potential for adaptation.

Location: Wallace Hall, Room 300

Date/Time: 02/15/10 at 12:00 pm - 02/15/10 at 1:30 pm

Category: The David Bradford STEP Seminar Series

Department: Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI)