Indiana University is made up of eight campuses statewide. Most offer several graduate degrees and all together support around 17,000 graduate students. Our flagship campus is in picturesque Bloomington, Indiana. Our medical school and many other graduate degrees are housed at our city campus, Indiana University - Purdue University in Indianapolis.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Noted geophysicist and member of Nobel Prize-winning panel

Professor Brian J. Soden
University of Miami
Lead author of the 2007 Nobel Prize-winning report for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Wednesday, January 20th:

"Extreme Makeover: Planet Earth Edition"
4 pm in Geology S-201 (Patton Room)

"The Reality of Global Warming: Cold Facts on a Hot Topic"
7-8:30 pm at the IU Maurer School of Law, Room 122 (211 S. Indiana Ave.)

Both lectures are free and open to the public and media.

From heat waves to droughts, downpours and hurricanes, Earth’s weather events can be both extreme and costly. And as our climate changes, these extreme events may be becoming more common. North America has experienced longer and more intense heat waves, more

frequent heavy downpours, increasing droughts, and intensified hurricanes. Are these changes linked to global warming? If so, what will the future bring?

These lectures will examine the scientific evidence behind global warming, explore its potential links to extreme weather events, and discuss the changes that society will have to face in the coming decades. The first lecture will be more academically focused while the second will be targeted toward the broader community.

Soden served as the lead author of the 2007 Nobel Prize-winning report for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He is a professor of meteorology and physical oceanography at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science. Over the last 15 years, Soden has published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers on a variety of topics, most related to the response of the climate system to global warming. He specializes in the use of satellite observations to test and improve computer model simulations of climate change.