Understanding the Science of Climate Change:
A Workshop for Broadcast Meteorologists in Pennsylvania and Nearby Markets

Hosted by: The Department of Meteorology, Penn State University
University Park, PA

August 12, 2011     9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.     301 Steidle Building

Rationale: Effective decision making on climate change, one of today’s most pressing environmental problems, requires an informed public. Broadcast meteorologists convey information about the atmosphere to a greater segment of the public more frequently and effectively than any other professional entity. Broadcast meteorologists therefore can play a critical role in educating the public about climate change.

Goals: This workshop brings together climate scientists and broadcast meteorologists in Pennsylvania and surrounding markets to discuss the science of climate change. The overall goal of the workshop is to empower broadcasters by enhancing their understanding of the climate system and their ability to communicate climate science to their audiences, while also building lines of communication between broadcasters and climate scientists. The workshop will provide an overview of the current state of climate science as well as the causes and impacts of past, present, and future climate change.

Invitation Letter
Tentative Agenda
Maps: Wide view of campus; Annotated close-up of Workshop area
Additional Resources
Presenter Contact Information

Presentations at the workshop:

  • Climate Science Overview, Ray Najjar (PSU)
  • Paleoclimate, Richard Alley (PSU)
  • Recent record, Chris Forest (PSU)
  • Climate Modeling Keith Dixon (GFDL)
  • Impacts, Klaus Keller (PSU)
  • George Mason Project Ed Maibach (GMU), Jon Nese (PSU) presenting