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2003-23 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 4, 2003

Boulder Forum to Examine Climate Change in the Americas


David Hosansky
UCAR Communications
Telephone: (303) 497-8611
E-mail: hosansky@ucar.edu

BOULDER--Scientists and policymakers from across the Americas will meet June 4 at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research to discuss the impact of global environmental change on the hemisphere. The daylong science forum of the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) will give scientists, policymakers, and others an opportunity to appraise global change and to discuss the most recent research carried out by leading scientists under the auspices of the IAI.

The IAI is an international treaty organization that was formed as a result of the 1990 White House Conference on Science and Economics related to Global Change. Its mission is to study the impacts of present and future climate change on regional and continental environments in the Americas and promote collaborative research and informed action. Nineteen countries, including the United States, belong to the organization.

Among the highlights of the forum:

Tim Killeen, director of the National Center of Atmospheric Research (NCAR), will give the keynote address at 9:20 a.m., providing an overview of climate and weather modeling in the United States.

Michael McClain of Florida International University will discuss water quality and other issues facing the Amazon River (11:00-11:35 a.m.).

Osvaldo Sala of the University of Buenos Aires will address the impacts of climate change on ecosystems and biodiversity throughout the Americas (11:35 a.m.-12:10 p.m.).

Brian Luckman of the University of Western Ontario will speak about recent research into tree rings and what it reveals about climate variability in the Americas (12:10-12:45 p.m.). He will also give a video presentation at 1:30 p.m.

Fred Royce of the University of Florida will talk about the use of climate forecasts for managing agricultural production (2-2:25 p.m.).

Other speakers will provide updates on IAI's programs and achievements, and the lessons learned from a variety of research projects.

The forum will be held at the UCAR's Center Green Auditorium. The Center Green Campus is located at the north end of Center Green Drive, just west of Foothills Parkway off Valmont Road in Boulder. Reporters wishing to cover the meeting can get press passes through UCAR by calling David Hosansky (303-497-8611) or Jill Reisdorf (303-497-8636).

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