Progress in Climate Science · Climate Action Symposia Series
During the 2019-20 academic year, MIT will host six symposia to examine the urgent challenge of climate change. This series will draw upon our work to date on the October 2015 MIT Plan for Action on Climate Change as we consider the current state of knowledge on key aspects of this global problem. These discussions will also provide an important opportunity for engagement among members of the MIT community, other leading researchers, industry leaders, and policy makers to explore options for facilitating the necessary transition to a low-carbon economy.
To advance our community’s understanding and expand our capacity to generate solutions for the urgent global challenge of climate change, MIT President L. Rafael Reif and the Climate Symposia Organizing Committee are pleased to invite the MIT community to the 2019-2020 Climate Action Symposia Series. These six symposia will examine the current state of climate science and policy, as well as pathways for decarbonization of the global economy. We will also look at how universities can and should contribute solutions, including MIT’s efforts under our Plan for Action on Climate Change.
Progress in Climate Science is the first symposium. Topics will include:
- the relationship between greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere and global warming, extreme weather events, and other climate impacts;
- remaining uncertainties and the prospects for reducing them; and
- projected physical effects of increasing greenhouse gas emissions under alternative mitigation scenarios.
Chair: Kerry Emanuel, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Atmospheric Science, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT
Keynote: Susan Solomon, Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies and Chemistry, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT
Welcome and introductory remarks: President L. Rafael Reif