Story posted January 29, 2009
National Medal of Science laureate Susan Solomon, who is best known for explaining why the ozone hole occurs in Antarctica, will deliver the 2009 Kibbe Science Lecture at 8 p.m. Thursday, February 12, in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center.
Solomon's lecture, titled "A World of Climate Change: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow," will address both scientific aspects of climate change and some of the reasons international agreement on climate change policy has proven particularly difficult.
The talk is open to the public and admission is free. For more information call 725-3257.
Evidence for widespread changes in the Earth's climate include warmer temperatures, rising sea levels, and reductions in snow and ice. Solomon will discuss how the present mix of anthropogenic radiative forcing agents are forcing the climate system to change. On the human side, emissions of greenhouse gases arise from a mix of different countries, both developed and developing, with different emissions, infrastructure capabilities and commitments that are among the factors influencing policy discussions.
Susan Solomon is widely recognized as one of the leaders in the field of atmospheric science. She obtained some of the first chemical measurements that helped to establish chlorofluorocarbons as the cause of the ozone hole in Antarctica. The Solomon Glacier in Antarctica was named after her. Solomon is a former co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group One.
The lecture is co-sponsored by the Arctic Studies, Environmental Studies, and Coastal Studies programs. It is presented in conjunction with "Polar Extremes: Changes in a Warming World," a semester-long series of lectures, film screenings, exhibitions and symposia investigating environmental changes at the poles, and the ripple effects both there and around the globe.
The Kibbe Science Lectureship was established in 1994 by Frank W. Kibbe '37 and his wife, Lucy K. Kibbe. It is used to support lectures by visiting scholars on "topics deemed to be 'on the cutting edge of' or associated with new developments or research findings in the fields of Astronomy or Geology."