Rapid Arctic warming and extreme weather events in mid-latitudes: Are they connected?
Does it seem as though the weather gods have gone crazy lately? It is not your imagination. The question on everyone's minds is why, and is it related to climate change? In this fascinating presentation, Dr. Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University will explain new research that links increasing extreme weather events with the rapidly warming and melting Arctic in recent decades. Evidence suggests that Arctic warming is causing weather patterns to become more persistent, which can lead to extremes such as droughts, cold spells, heat waves, and some flooding events.
Jennifer Francis earned a B.S. in Meteorology from San Jose State University in 1988 and a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington in 1994. As a professor at Rutgers University since 1994, she has taught courses in satellite remote sensing and climate-change issues, and also co-founded and co-directed the Rutgers Climate and Environmental Change Initiative. Presently she is a Research Professor with the Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences and studies Arctic climate change and Arctic-global climate linkages. She presently serves as a member of the Polar Research Board at the National Academies of Science, the Board for the Metcalf Institute at the University of Rhode Island School of Oceanography, and the advisory board for the UMass-Lowell Department of Environmental Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences.
When: Friday, March 6, 2015 from 10 p.m. to 11:30 a.m. Where: WEBEX only RSVP: Tracy Waddington (416) 364-8677 (email@example.com)