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5 August 2014
Free AGCI Walter Orr Roberts Public Lecture- Aug. 5


Free AGCI Walter Orr Roberts Public Lecture- Aug. 5
  AGCI cordially invites you to a public lecture August 5 as part of our 25th annual Walter Orr Roberts Memorial Public Lecture Series. Has global warming stopped? Understanding the ups and downs of climate in a changing world Presented by Dr. Gerald Meehl The lecture will begin at 6 pm and will take place at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies Hallam Lake (100 Puppy Smith Street in Aspen). A wine and cheese reception will follow. Stay tuned for news about a second lecture on Coral Aug. 19!

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15 April 2014
2014 Spring Update


2014 Spring Update
  These updates are intended as a quick way to keep you informed of our activities.

  pdf 2014 Spring Update


8 November 2013
New article in Science outlines need for practice-relevant adaptation science


New article in <em>Science</em> outlines need for practice-relevant adaptation science
 

Following an AGCI workshop in 2012, Science for Climate Change Adaptation: Enhancing Decision Support Capability, an international group of scholars along with AGCI staff have published an article in the journal Science calling for a set of science research goals aimed at informing the societal preparations needed in response to climate change impacts. Four primary challenges guide the research needs outlined in the article entitled, Hell and High Water: Practice-Relevant Climate Adaptation Science:

  • Understanding what information is needed to make decisions about adapting to climate change
  • Identifying vulnerabilities in society, the economy and the environment
  • Improving forecasts and climate models in ways that can address specific problems
  • Providing technology, management, and policy options for adapting

 



    more Read the article now.


31 October 2013
2013 Fall Update


2013 Fall Update
  Highlights from the fall. These updates are intended to keep you up to speed on our goings-on and accomplishments.

  pdf 2013 Fall Update


29 August 2013
AGCI Featured on Aspen Public Radio


AGCI Featured on Aspen Public Radio
  On the heels of our 2013 summer workshop season, Aspen Global Change Institute was featured on Aspen Public Radio's CrossCurrents, hosted by Carolyne Heldman. Click the link below to listen!

    more Listen now!


30 July 2013
Two upcoming Walter Orr Roberts Public Lectures at AGCI


Two upcoming Walter Orr Roberts Public Lectures at AGCI
 

AGCI cordially invites you to two public lectures in August as part of our 24th year annual the Walter Orr Roberts Memorial Public Lecture Series.

  • Tuesday, August 6: Extreme weather: charting a future with climate and people, presented by Brian O'Neill & Claudia Tebaldi
  • Thursday, August 15, The time for climate adaptation is now, presented by Laurna Kaatz

    Both lectures will begin at 6 pm and will take place at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies Hallam Lake (100 Puppy Smith Street in Aspen). A wine and cheese reception will follow.



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    10 September 2012
    New AGCI public lecture available online


    New AGCI public lecture available online
      Last month, Diana Liverman delivered a terrific lecture to a standing room only crowd in Aspen. Entitled, "After Rio+20: Science and Governance for Our Future Earth," Dr. Liverman provided a concise history of prior UN meetings on climate change and then spoke from her own experience about the recent Rio+20 conference in June.

    Slides of Dr. Liverman's presentation and a link to stream the lecture is now available below.

      pdf Slides from Dr. Liverman's presentation
      more Watch video now!


    24 July 2012
    Upcoming Public Lecture: After Rio+20


    Upcoming Public Lecture: After Rio+20
      What is the state of our planet after Rio+20 and how can science inform the solutions needed in the decades to come?

    These are questions to be explored in an upcoming public lecture hosted by the Aspen Global Change Institute on Tuesday, August 7th at 6:30pm at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES). The lecture is entitled, After RIO+20: Science and Governance for our Future Earth and will be presented by Diana Liverman of the University of Arizona. At the lecture, Dr. Liverman will share perspectives from her time at the Rio+20 meeting as well as her work on planetary boundaries, environmental governance, and sustainable development. A wine and cheese reception will follow the talk.

     


    3 June 2012
    New Public Lecture Video Available: Changing the Script on Climate Change


    New Public Lecture Video Available: Changing the Script on Climate Change
      Sea-level rise, extreme weather, mass extinction, ravishing disease. The current script on climate change is a dreary one, making these outcomes seem unavoidable and casting humans as the primary villain. But, what if we were to change the script and transform our understanding of the problem as well as our role in the solution? Fortunately, a wealth of recent scholarship has done just that.

    This public lecture is entitled, "Changing the script on climate change: transformative views on humanity's role." In the lecture, Dr. O'Brien shares highlights from research that is leading to new ideas about how individuals, organizations, and whole societies can make decisions and change habits that lead to a more sustainable, thrive-able future.

        more Watch the public lecture here


    2 May 2012
    Upcoming Public Lecture: Changing the Script on Climate Change


    Upcoming Public Lecture: Changing the Script on Climate Change
      Come join the Aspen Global Change Institute on Tuesday, May 22 at 6:30pm at the Limelight Lodge for a free public lecture delivered by Karen O'Brien of the University of Oslo.

    The talk is entitled, "Changing the Script on Climate Change: Transformative Views on Humanity's Role." At the talk, Dr. O'Brien will share highlights from recent research that is leading to new ideas about how individuals, organizations, and whole societies can make decisions and change habits that lead to a more sustainable, thrive-able future.

    A wine and cheese reception will follow the talk. This event is co-sponsored by the Aspen Skiing Company.

     


    9 April 2012
    Summer 2012 Internship Opportunity


    Summer 2012 Internship Opportunity
     

    The Aspen Global Change Institute is seeking a hard working, self-motivated, and intellectually curious intern to help execute AGCI's 23rd summer of interdisciplinary science workshops as well a variety of ongoing research and education projects.

    AGCI internships are designed to be unique enrichment opportunities for promising students and early career professionals. Interns receive individualized attention from AGCI staff and make substantive contributions to the organization throughout their term. Interns also have the opportunity to interact and network with leading scientists in a variety of fields from around the world. Ideal candidates will be undergraduate students entering their senior year and recent college graduates who demonstrate a sincere interest in any of the following fields: Earth systems science, environmental policy/economics, or science education.

    Applicants are welcome to apply for either academic credit or paid internships. The availability of paid internships is dependent on applicant experience and budget.

    To be considered for Summer 2012, please submit your application no later than April 30, 2012. Please send your application to James Arnott at jamesa@agci.org. Application form with instructions are below.

    About AGCI

    AGCI was founded in 1989 in advance the scientific understanding of global environmental change. Since 1990 we have hosted more than forty five cutting-edge interdisciplinary workshops, bringing together more than 1100 scientists from 35 countries. Our work is supported by NASA, NOAA, NSF, DOE, Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, Climate Works Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and other private foundations and individuals. To learn more about our work, visit our website at www.agci.org.



      pdf Application Form (Due April 30, 2012)


    27 March 2012
    March's Weather Madness


    March's Weather Madness
     

    March 2012 has brought extraordinary record setting temperatures to much of the United States. For instance, on March 21 Chicago broke the previous record high by 10 degrees F and Pellston, MI that bears the moniker "Michigan's Icebox" soared past its previous record of 53 F (from 2007) to a high of 85 F. So far this month, record high temperatures are outnumbering record lows with a ratio of 35:1.

    To help make sense of such extremes in the context of climate change click here for a cartoon featuring Jerry Meehl from NCAR and contributor to AGCI workshops since 1990. See below for an expanded view and discussion of NASA's satellite imagery highlighting these temperature anomalies. A review article from the journal Science on the topic of climate extremes that proceeded from a 1998 AGCI workshop is also available below.

      pdf Journal article in Science that reviews scientific understanding of extremes.
      more Link to NASA's Earth Observatory post on March temperature anomalies


    21 December 2010
    Warming Temperatures Keep Pace to Decade's End


    Warming Temperatures Keep Pace to Decade's End
      A new study of up-to-date global surface temperature data concludes that temperatures in the past decade have continued to rise at a pace as fast as was witnessed in the previous two decades. The results published in Reviews of Geophysics by NASA scientist Jim Hansen, et al were corrected for urban heat island and other corrections to the instrumental record. In the paper, the authors draw attention to many striking observations, including the fact that a record high of the 12-month running mean of global average temperatures was reached in 2010. Data used in this analysis spans 1880-2010 and draws on 6300 land-based measurement stations as well as a mixture of satellite and ship and buoy measurements to gauge sea surface temperatures. A summary and full text version of the paper are available through the links below.

      pdf Full text
      more Summary


    27 July 2010
    AGCI Remembers Stephen H. Schneider


    AGCI Remembers Stephen H. Schneider
      We were deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of Stephen H. Schneider. Stephen's tireless work inspired multiple generations to research and respond to global environmental change, and he made a significant and enduring contribution to the Aspen Global Change Institute. Here is a short video of highlights from Dr. Schneider's numerous contributions to AGCI workshops and public lectures:

     


    23 June 2010
    AGCI Workshop on Sun Concludes


    AGCI Workshop on Sun Concludes
      Last month, 28 scientists from North America and Europe met to better understand our dynamic Sun and its influence on the Earth system. In keeping with the AGCI workshop model, this was an interdisciplinary gathering that brought together the many diverse fields working to uncover the complex relationship between the Sun and the Earth's climate and human systems. Please follow the link below to view presentations delivered at the meeting, as well as a roster and extended description. Check back soon for the complete video record of the workshop.

        more Link to Workshop Page


    14 June 2010
    AGCI Holds Interdisciplinary Workshop on the Sun-Earth System


    AGCI Holds Interdisciplinary Workshop on the Sun-Earth System
      This week, a group of thirty international scientists is convening at AGCI to assess the current scientific understanding about the Sun-Earth system and its contribution to global change. Made possible with a grant from NASA, a primary area of focus during the meeting will be to better understand the impact of solar variability on Earth's climate over a range of timescales. Anticipated results from the meeting will be to more adequately understand from an interdisciplinary perspective the sun's influence on Earth systems including risks to technological infrastructure and to establish priorities for future research into this topic.

      pdf Review paper about solar influences on climate by Judith Lean
      more Details on AGCI Solar-Terrestrial Workshop


    24 May 2010
    Journey to the Sun


    Journey to the Sun
      While the Sun appears to be a constant fixture in our daily lives, it actually is tremendously dynamic. These changes have important implications for the Earth's environment and human society, and thus there is a great need to understand our Sun better.
    To this end, NASA recently launched a billion dollar satellite called the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). Here's a great video explaining the SDO mission and why it's important to us:

    QUEST on KQED Public Media.

     


    26 April 2010
    The Sun Up Close


    The Sun Up Close
     

    The first imagery from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observer has been released and is out on youtube. Launched in February 2010, the SDO will help us to learn more about the causes of solar variability and its impacts on Earth. Information about the SDO mission is available on the SDO website.

    More about the impact of the Sun on Earth will be discussed at the upcoming AGCI workshop, "Global Change and the Solar-Terrestrial Environment," to be held June 12-17. You can read more about this meeting by following the link below, and check back soon for information on a public lecture to be held coincident with the meeting.



        more AGCI Workshop: Global Change and the Solar-Terrestrial Environment


    19 April 2010
    Changing Plans for a Changing Climate


    Changing Plans for a Changing Climate
     

    Climate change is creating new realities for water resource planning. The traditional method of planning relied on the assumption that weather statistics would stay the same and variability would not increase in the future--a concept known as climate stationarity. Today, however, climate change is expected to result in larger alterations to precipitation, temperature, streamflow, groundwater, and evaporation than those accounted for in the older models. This means resource planners must work to understand the implications of climate change on water resources and incorporate this knowledge into new planning methods.

    A blueprint for new planning methods was recently offered in a report by the Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA), a group hosted by AGCI at the recent workshop, "Advanced Climate Modeling and Decision-Making Support of Climate Services." You can read WUCA's report as well as view videos and presentations related to the climate services workshop below.



      pdf WUCA Report: Decision Support Planning Methods
      more Presentations from AGCI Meeting on Climate Services


    12 April 2010
    Geoengineering Discussion Heats Up


    Geoengineering Discussion Heats Up
     

    A group of 175 experts convened last week in Asilomar, California to discuss the implications of climate intervention technologies, also known as geoengineering. Proposed strategies in the realm of geoengineering include solar radiation management--cooling the Earth by reflecting sunlight--or carbon remediation--actively removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Although geoengineering is the subject of great controversy, the meeting was held to discuss the ethical standards that would govern future scientific research on the topic. Some are concerned that without stringent ethical standards and improved scientific understanding, proposed technologies could be deployed irresponsibly in the event of a future climate emergency.

    You can read the group statement the proceeded from the meeting here. Below are some additional resources on the ethics and science behind geoengineering.



      pdf Geoengineering policy statement by Am. Meteorological Soc.
    pdf 1998 AGCI report on geoengineering and other CO2 stabilization strategies
      more AGCI Public Lecture video on geoengineering


    1 December 2009
    Advancements in Decadal Prediction


    Advancements in Decadal Prediction
      As infrastructure planners and resource managers become more aware of the looming impacts of climate change, increased attention has focused on "decadal prediction"--climate modeling that can forecast climate for the next 10-30 years. Three key variables that operate at the decadal scale are the climate commitment from existing GHG emissions, external forcing from new GHG emissions, and the climate system's internal variability. In the summer of 2008, a group of climate modelers from Japan, England, Australia, Germany, and France along with modelers from the U.S. came together at the Aspen Global Change Institute to explore modeling skill at the decadal timescale and to develop an experimental framework for decadal prediction. The framework developed at this meeting will contribute to the experimental design for the Coupled Model Intercomparison Model, phase 5 (CMIP5), which will eventually support the upcoming IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5).

    Participants at the meeting recently published the framework developed at the Aspen meeting in the October issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorology Society. In addition, numerous technical presentations and slideshows on the topic of decadal prediction are available on our website.

      pdf BAMS Article on Decadal Prediction
      more AGCI Presentations on Decadal Prediction


    5 November 2009
    Congress Investigates Implications of Geoengineering


    Congress Investigates Implications of Geoengineering
      Over the past year, there has been much discussion about geoengineering-the technological concept that could enable humans to offset the effects of global warming. The origin of the concept goes back decades, but as concerns about global warming rise, geoengineering is receiving heightened attention, as well as controversy. On November 5, the U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology convened a hearing to address specifically the topic of geoengineering. AGCI board member, Ken Caldeira, testified before the committee.

    Geoengineering was also the focus of an AGCI meeting more than a decade ago entitled, Innovative Energy Systems and CO2 Stabilization. At the meeting, Gregory Benford delivered a public lecture about the challenges and opportunities associated with geoengineering. Another informative presentation about geoengineering by Grainger Morgan, a past participant in AGCI workshops, was given at a Council on Foreign Relations workshop in 2008.

      pdf Ken Caldeira's Testimony to House Committee
      more Science & Technology Committee Hearing on Geoengineering


    27 October 2009
    Climate Services in the National, Global Forecast


    Climate Services in the National, Global Forecast
      Over the past year, there has been growing interest worldwide in the development of climate services. Climate services is a new concept that would streamline communication between climate scientists and decision makers. It would provide accessible scientific knowledge for informing adaptation and long-term planning policy in response to climate change.

    Climate services was the topic of two recent meetings: the World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3) in Geneva, Switzerland and AGCI's 2009 Climate Services workshop in Aspen, CO. At the Aspen meeting, leading climate scientists and water resource managers from around the country met to share ideas about what could eventually become a national climate service.

    An informative overview of developments in climate services was recently posted on the RealClimate blog.

     


    25 June 2009
    In Science: Nutrient Imbalances in Agricultural Development


    In <em>Science</em>: Nutrient Imbalances in Agricultural Development
      In 2008, AGCI convened a small working group of scientists to discuss anthropogenic changes in the cycles of nitrogen and phosphorous, and identify the information needed for society to effectively respond to these changes. An article summarizing the findings of this group was published in the 19 June 2009 edition of Science. The authors outline how nutrient additions to intensive agricultural systems range from inadequate to excessive -- and how both extremes have substantial human and environmental costs. Regional case-studies are presented for three contrasting agricultural systems: Northern China, sub-Saharan Africa, and the mid-western United States.

    The New York Times' Andy Revkin reports on the Science article in his Dot Earth blog. Scientific American and Science Daily also reported on the paper.

      pdf Science: Nutrient Imbalances in Agricultural Development
      more New York Times Dot Earth blog: Fertilizer Divide: Too Much, Not Enough


    1 May 2009
    The Role of Northern Eurasia and its role in the climate system addressed in BAMS publication


    The Role of Northern Eurasia and its role in the climate system addressed in BAMS publication
      Little is known about the biogeochemical, energy, and water cycles of the Northern Eurasian landmass, a carbon-rich region capable of significantly influencing global climate. In response to this deficiency, AGCI hosted a Northern Eurasian Earth Science Partnership Initiative (NEESPI) workshop to better understand and quantify biophysical feedbacks between Northern Eurasia and the global climate. A product of this workshop, this BAMS article summarizes the first group of NEESPI projects, which have mostly focused on assembling regional databases, organizing improved environmental monitoring of the region, and studying the individual environmental processes.

      pdf BAMS article: The Northern Eurasia Earth Science Partnership


    27 April 2009
    AGCI Publishes Article in Switzerland's Mountain Research Initiative Newsletter


    AGCI Publishes Article in Switzerland's Mountain Research Initiative Newsletter
      In April 2009, AGCI contributed an article to the second edition of MRI News, a publication of the Mountain Research Initiative (Switzerland) which journals global change science from mountain regions around the world. The article, titled, "Colorado's Roaring Fork River: Incorporating Climate Change Projections into Watershed Management," summarizes the efforts taken in 2008 to incorporate climate change considerations into the Roaring Fork Watershed planning process, and outlines a strategy for implementing recommended next steps.

      pdf MRI News article: Colorado's Roaring Fork River
      more Mountain Research Initiative website


    4 December 2008
    State of the Roaring Fork Watershed Report Incorporates Chapter on Climate Change


    State of the Roaring Fork Watershed Report Incorporates Chapter on Climate Change
      In an effort to incorporate climate change projections into the watershed planning process, AGCI contributed a chapter (chapter 3.5) to the 2008 State of the Roaring Fork Watershed Report, which represents a first step towards developing a comprehensive Watershed Plan for the region. The chapter attempted to 1) summarize climate observations and projections for the region, 2) assess the potential impacts of climate change on runoff and water-dependent ecosystems within the watershed, as well as impacts to local socioeconomics and regional water demand, and 3) identify data gaps and insufficiencies in the current water planning process, and recommend action steps to be taken in order to prepare effective adaptation and mitigation strategies to reduce the watershed's vulnerability to climate change. The project was sponsored by the Reudi Water & Power Authority and managed by the Roaring Fork Conservancy.

      pdf Climate Change & the Roaring Fork Watershed (Chapter 3.5)
    pdf Executive Summary of the 2008 State of the Watershed Report
      more The Roaring Fork Watershed plan website and complete report


    13 November 2007
    Eos Report: "Northern Eurasia in the Global Earth System"


    Eos Report:
      A summary of the Aspen Global Change Institute's 2007 summer science session "Northern Eurasia Land Surface Properties and Change and Its Role in the Global Earthy System" was published in the November 2007 edition of Eos. The synopsis emphasizes Northern Eurasia's global importance and stresses the need for comparing models across multiple high latitude regions. The supplementary material highlights the current status, points to the major deficiencies in the data and knowledge, and suggests the future objectives for research in the high-latitude region.

      pdf Eos Article
      more Supplementary material


    3 June 2007
    World Climate Research Programme Publishes White Paper based on AGCI's 2006 Earth System Modeling Workshop


    World Climate Research Programme Publishes White Paper based on AGCI's 2006 Earth System Modeling Workshop
      The conclusions of Aspen Global Change Institute's 2006 summer science session "Earth System Models: The Next Generation" were published in the May 2007 edition of the World Climate Research Programme Summary Report. The synopsis brings to light what models, scenarios and strategies researchers now must consider next in order to best track emissions on both the short- and long-term scales in light of current and future techniques.

      pdf Report: A strategy for climate change stabilization experiments with AOGCMs and ESMs


    9 May 2007
    EPA Recognizes the Aspen Climate Impacts Assessment with Highest Regional Award to the City of Aspen


    EPA Recognizes the Aspen Climate Impacts Assessment with Highest Regional Award to the City of Aspen
      In May 2007, the Environmental Protection Agency awarded the Aspen Global Change Institute in conjunction with the City of Aspen the agency's Environmental Achievement Award - the EPA's highest regional honor. The award recognizes AGCI's and the City of Aspen's work in commissioning the "Aspen Climate Impacts Assessment" report for its use as a tool in motivating action on global warming.

      pdf Press release


    26 July 2006
    AGCI Releases Aspen Climate Impacts Assessment


    AGCI Releases Aspen Climate Impacts Assessment
      As part of the Canary Initiative, AGCI contracted with the City of Aspen in May 2005 to author a study to determine the likely consequences of global warming on the City of Aspen. The report focuses on climatological, snowpack, ecological, socioeconomic and streamflow-related impacts to the Roaring Fork Valley.

      pdf Press release
    pdf Full report


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    31 December 1969
    Warming Temperatures Keep Pace to Decade's End


    Warming Temperatures Keep Pace to Decade's End
      A new study of up-to-date global surface temperature data concludes that temperatures in the past decade have continued to rise at a pace as fast as was witnessed in the previous two decades. The results published in Reviews of Geophysics by NASA scientist Jim Hansen, et al were corrected for urban heat island and other corrections to the instrumental record. In the paper, the authors draw attention to many striking observations, including the fact that a record high of the 12-month running mean of global average temperatures was reached in 2010. Data used in this analysis spans 1880-2010 and draws on 6300 land-based measurement stations as well as a mixture of satellite and ship and buoy measurements to gauge sea surface temperatures. A summary and full text version of the paper are available through the links below.

      pdf Full text


    31 December 1969
    Warming Temperatures Keep Pace to Decade's End


    Warming Temperatures Keep Pace to Decade's End
      A new study of up-to-date global surface temperature data concludes that temperatures in the past decade have continued to rise at a pace as fast as was witnessed in the previous two decades. The results published in Reviews of Geophysics by NASA scientist Jim Hansen, et al were corrected for urban heat island and other corrections to the instrumental record. In the paper, the authors draw attention to many striking observations, including the fact that a record high of the 12-month running mean of global average temperatures was reached in 2010. Data used in this analysis spans 1880-2010 and draws on 6300 land-based measurement stations as well as a mixture of satellite and ship and buoy measurements to gauge sea surface temperatures. A summary and full text version of the paper are available through the links below.

      pdf Full text


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      pdf 2013 Fall Update