Roger Pielke Sr. will examine role of climate change at University of Waterloo public lecture

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Waterloo, Ontario (Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011) - A leading meteorology expert will examine new perspectives being used by the climate change community to assess threats to critical resources of water, food, energy, human health and ecosystem function during a public lecture this week at the University of Waterloo.

As the 2011 TD Walter Bean Visiting Professor, Roger Pielke Sr. will deliver a lecture, entitled Changing Weather: Extreme Weather in the Coming Decades - What is the Role of Climate Change? It will be held on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Humanities Theatre, located in the J.G. Hagey Hall of the Humanities.

The lecture by Pielke, senior research scientist in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and senior research associate in the department of atmospheric and oceanic sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder, will examine the climate change community’s new perspectives and discuss how important they are relative to other society and environmental threats.

As the host faculty for this year's TD Walter Bean Lecture in the Environment, the faculty of science extends a warm welcome to Pielke Sr., an expert on meteorological-related topics," said the faculty's dean, Terry McMahon. "We are pleased to be bringing our university community and the general public together for this unique opportunity to learn and better understand climate change.

Pielke is an emeritus professor in the department of atmospheric science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins and is nearing the end of a five-year appointment to the graduate faculty of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

The co-author of nine books and more than 350 papers published in peer-reviewed journals, Pielke is a well-versed academic whose research interests include climate variability and climate change, environmental vulnerability, and land/ocean atmosphere interactions.

An active blogger, Pielke's site was named one of the 50 most popular science blogs by Nature Magazine in 2006.

Named in honour of the late Walter Bean, TD Walter Bean Visiting Professor upholds the legacy of community involvement and commitment to youth and education. He was the former president of Waterloo Trust until its merger with Canada Trust in 1968.

The professorship attracts top researchers with international reputations, who give lectures, teach classes, and engage in dialogue with faculty members. The lecture is hosted on a rotating basis by the faculties of engineering, science, and environment.

A long-time university partner, TD Bank Group continues to support Waterloo through the hiring of co-op students and graduates. This November, the faculty of environment will be pleased to announce a significant philanthropic investment made by TD at the opening of the environment 3 building.

More information about the TD Walter Bean Lecture in the Environment can be found at the Waterloo Science events page.

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