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Media Advisory: Experts Meet in Boulder to Plumb Health Impacts of Climate Change

July 21, 2004

BOULDER— The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) will bring climate and health experts to Boulder for a week to exchange findings, tools, and methods of research on the effects of climate change on human health now and in the future. The goal is to stimulate interaction between the two groups and lay the groundwork for future collaboration. The next generation of climate and health students will learn the best methods for producing interdisciplinary research on this topic. The conference extends from Wednesday, July 21, through Wednesday, July 28.

Sessions will cover such topics as West Nile virus (including the Ft. Collins outbreak), rainfall, weather extremes, heat wave mortality, and the use of science in policy decisions (see complete agenda). The sessions will be geared to the needs of students and researchers and will not focus on specific forecasts for Colorado and the western region, though they may include more general outlooks for the future.

Reporters are invited to attend sessions of interest, but conference organizers have requested that discussion periods be reserved for questions and comments from the attending researchers. Please feel free to arrange interviews with the participants during the breaks. For more information, assistance, or to arrange an interview with conference organizer and NCAR climate expert Linda Mearns, contact Anatta. Reporters may also contact Mearns directly. The meeting is not open to the public.

Note to Editors: Please RSVP to Anatta.

Related sites on the World Wide Web

List of participants and complete agenda

Map and directions to the conference

The National Center for Atmospheric Research and UCAR Office of Programs are operated by UCAR under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation and other agencies. Opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of any of UCAR's sponsors.

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