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How Climate Works

How Climate WorksA One Day Symposium on the Fundamentals of Climate Science for Scholars, Students, and the General Public

Keynote Speaker: Andrew Revkin
Writer of the award-winning DotEarth blog for the Op-Ed side of The New York Times; senior fellow for environmental understanding at Pace University's Academy for Applied Environmental Studies

When: 10:30 am, Friday, October 12, 2012
Where: Dodd's Auditorium, Robertson Hall

Please join us to learn about the state-of-the-art in climate science research directly from climate experts. It will provide a unique opportunity to hear the essential facts, asks questions, and engage in stimulating discussions.

Free and open to the public. 

Princeton Primers in Climate is a new series of short, authoritative books that explain the state of the art in climate-science research.  Several of the symposium speakers are authors of books in this series.


10:30 am Introduction, Geoff Vallis, GFDL, Princeton
10:45 am "Climate and the Oceans," Geoff Vallis
11:15 am “Ecosystems and Climate,” David Schimel, California Institute of Technology
11:45 am “Atmosphere, Clouds, and Climate,” David Randall, Colorado State University
12:15 pm Questions
12:45 pm Lunch break
1:45 pm “The Global Carbon Cycle,” David Archer, University of Chicago
2:15 pm “Paleoclimate,” Michael Bender, Princeton
2:45 pm “The Cryosphere,” Shawn Marshall, University of Calgary
3:15 pm “Planetary Climates,” Andrew Ingersoll, Caltech
3:45 pm Questions
4:15 pm Break with light snacks
4:45 pm Summary Remarks, Geoff Vallis
5:00 pm “An Inconvenient Mind,” Andrew Revkin, New York Times


To view the video of each lecture, please visit our YouTube How Climate Works presentations.

Visitor Parking

Visitors coming to Dodd's Auditorium, Robertson Hall may park in Lot 21, near Jadwin Gym. A free campus shuttle, Tiger Shuttle: East Line, operates frequently between Lot 21 and Robertson Hall (Woodrow Wilson stop).