1999 Norman J Field Lecture in Science


Dr. Jerry D. Mahlman

Professor of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, Princeton University

Director, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

Thursday, 14 October 1999

7:30 pm

Young Auditorium, Bey Hall

Monmouth Univeristy

Cedar and Norwood Avenues

West Long Branch, NJ


Refreshments and informal discussion will follow the lecture

Free and Open to the Public

Although most of the U.S. population has heard about global warming due to the emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, most have learned of it as a source of political controversy, more than as a major global environmental problem. This talk will explain the basic science of human-caused climate warming and place this information into the larger context of its implications for future life on earth.

Topics to be covered include: the science of "greenhouse" warming; the role of mathematical models of climate; the lessons contained in observations of climate change over the past century; the expected climate changes over the next several centuries; the basics of long-term carbon-dioxide accumulations in the atmosphere; likely impacts of climate change on life systems; and the role of societal choice in dealing (or not dealing) with the problem. Ample time will be made available for a wide range of audience questions and concerns.

Dr. Jerry Mahlman is a Professor of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences at Princeton University. For the past fifteen years he has also held the post of Director of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Much of Dr. Mahlman's research career has been directed toward understanding the behavior of the stratosphere and troposphere. This has involved extensive mathematical modeling and diagnosis of the interactive chemical, radiative, dynamical, and transport aspects of the atmosphere, as well as their implications for climate and chemical change. Over the past decade, he has occupied a central role in the interpretation of climate change to the non-scientific community. Dr. Mahlman is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society, and was the recipient of a Presidential Distinguished Rank Award in 1994. He has served on numerous U.S. and international scientific committees, and chaired the Scientific Advisory Committee for NASA's 1994-1996 Mission to Planet Earth program.

The Norman J Field Lectures in Science were established in 1991 in memory of Dr. Norman J Field, and are cosponsored by the Monmouth County Section of the American Chemical Society, the Monmouth Junior Science Symposium, the Friends of the Monmouth County Library Association, the Monmouth County School Boards Association, and by the Rutgers University Chapter of Sigma Xi, an international scientific research society. Dr. Field was widely recognized for his contributions in the area of public education. He maintained a lifelong personal and professional interest in scientific issues. It is hoped that this lecture series will serve to promote similar interest in science and science education among both younger and older members of the community.

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Ken Field


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