November 30, 2011
The Aquarium’s next Aquatic Academy course to be held in the spring of 2012 will be called Extreme Climate-Related Events in Southern California: How Will Climate Affect Their Frequency, Intensity, and Impact? Sessions will be held in the Aquarium’s Watershed Classroom on four consecutive Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. The dates are April 19 and 26 and May 3 and 10, 2012.
This informal course will explore with experts the nature of extreme climate-related events, their drivers, their history and prognosis for the future, how climate change may affect their frequency, intensity, and impact, and what can be done to reduce their impacts on society. The emphasis will be on Southern California.
Speakers will include:
- Dr. Gary B. Griggs, distinguished professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences, and director, Institute of Marine Sciences Coastal Processes and Geologic Hazards, University of California, Santa Cruz
- Jeanine Jones, drought preparedness manager, California Department of Water Resources
- Kelly Redmond, deputy director and regional climatologist, Western Regional Climate Center and Research Professor, Desert Research Institute
- Dr. Paul English, branch science advisor, California Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Investigations Branch
- Dr. John T. Abatzoglou, professor, Department of Geography, University of Idaho
- Susanne Moser, Ph.D., director and principal researcher, Susanne Moser Research & Consulting
- Senator Alan Lowenthal, 27th District, State of California
The Aquarium of the Pacific fosters dialogue on complex and pressing issues related to the ocean and environment through its Aquatic Academy. These courses bring together experts in science, business, conservation, policy, and academics to share their knowledge and experiences with attendees.