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October 2007

Leung, Janetos, and Edmonds Invited to National Academies Workshop on Climate

Congratulations to Dr. Ruby Leung, Dr. Tony Janetos and Dr. Jae Edmonds on their participation at the workshop, "Strategic Advice on the U.S. Climate Change Science Program." Hosted by the National Academies, the three-day workshop took place October 15-17 in Washington, D.C. Speakers invited to this workshop are internationally recognized leaders in their field and were encouraged to share their views on the U.S. Climate Change Science Program's future and to help establish scientific objectives.

The workshop was held in response to a recent report by a National Research Council committee evaluating the progress of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. They concluded that although good progress has been made in understanding and predicting temperature trends and environmental changes, U.S. climate research lacks focus and appropriate funding. The goal of the workshop is to shape the priorities and identify gaps in the U.S. Climate Change Science Program to ensure the long-term success of our nation’s climate science. The workshop brings together a broad spectrum of scientists, resource managers, industry, and policymakers.

Dr. Leung is a research scientist and Laboratory Fellow. She gave a plenary presentation on predictive global and regional models, and shared her vision for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program.

Dr. Janetos is a research scientist and the director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute, a collaborative partnership between Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Maryland. His plenary presentation focused on the need for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program to perform a new national assessment of climate change impacts.

Dr. Edmonds is a senior staff scientist, Laboratory Fellow, and Chief Scientist at the Joint Global Change Research Institute. He co-chaired a working group on impacts, adaptation, and mitigation of climate change.

The National Academies is a private, non-profit institution, which advises the nation on scientific and technical matters. They bring together committees of experts in all areas of science and technology. These experts address critical national issues and give advice to the federal government and the public. Four organizations comprise the Academies: the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council.


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