"Journey into Climate," a lecture by glaciologist and climate scientist Paul Mayewski

February 26, 2020 at 78:30 p.m.Calendar Icon

TimeFebruary 26, 2020 at 78:30 p.m.


Paul Andrew Mayewski, Director of the Climate Change Institute and Distinguished Professor at the University of Maine, has led more than 60 research expeditions into some of the most remote regions of the planet to study climate change and how humans have been involved. He will share discoveries from his research on ice cores, stories of his expedition adventures, the latest scientific thinking about climate change, and new tools to improve climate prediction. 

“The age of climate decision is here, and our decisions will define the course of civilization, our health, and the health of our ecosystem,” says Mayewski, an internationally renowned climate scientist and explorer who has spent many years traveling throughout Antarctica, Greenland, the Himalayas, Tibetan Plateau, the Andes and other cold, remote places around the planet for his research. 

Mayewski will also discuss how and why the scientific community transitioned from a “gradualist” viewpoint—thinking that humanity was an inconsequential observer in a slowly changing climate—to the realization that humanity is deeply and irrevocably involved in the short- and long-term fate of a temperamental climate capable of dramatic changes in a matter of only a few years. 

Called “The Indiana Jones of climate research,” Mayewski has authored more than 450 peer-reviewed scientific publications and two popular books. In addition, he has received many national and international awards and medals, and has appeared in hundreds of media venues including multiple appearances on CBS “60 Minutes”, the Emmy Award Winning “Years of Living Dangerously,” BBC, and NPR.

PostedFeb 13, 2020