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James Kasting to give talk at CLIMA Seminar on Nov 17


Dr. James Kasting, Department of Geosciences, will speak at an upcoming CLIMA seminar on “Wet bulb temperatures and human heat stress in a rapidly warming world”. The seminar is scheduled for Nov 17 in 117 EES at 12:15p. A light lunch will be provided, courtesy of CLIMA. The presentation is open to the public.

CLIMA Scientists help launch new Mid-Atlantic RISA


Klaus Keller and Robert Nicholas will take part in MARISA (Mid-Atlantic Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments), a new, five-year, $3.6 million award from NOAA. Dr. Nicholas will lead efforts to develop localized, context-specific climate climate data products that capture key uncertainties and better address stakeholder needs, while Dr. Keller will co-lead project focused on training a new leaders in climate-change adaptation and risk management. MARISA will benefit from many open-source tools, methods, and datasets developed under other CLIMA-affiliated awards.

Public Screening and Discussion for Before the Flood to be held Nov 2


Michael Man, Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, will be moderating a discussion after a screening of Before the Flood, a National Geographic film on climate change featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, on Nov 2 at 6:30p in 22 Deike Building. The discussion will feature panelists Richard Alley, Klaus Keller, Tom Richard, Erica Smithwick, and David Titley.

Researchers receive NSF grant to study how household decisions impact climate


The National Science Foundation has awarded $1.4 million to scientists working in two suburban Illinois communities to find whether families are willing to adjust their habits to help offset the impacts of climate change. An interdisciplinary team of scientists from five universities, including Penn State, will directly ask people in the test communities if they would voluntarily make cost-effective changes in how they consume food, energy and water (FEW) in favor of more sustainable practices. The effort marks a new ground-up approach to studying the effects of human activities on climate.

Climate change impacts on Menominee Nation's forest home focus of NSF funding


A Native American tribal nation in Wisconsin faces cultural and economic challenges as climate change impacts its forest home. A $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation will study this relationship and how it could inform decision-making about forest management.