TU Geosciences Explores the Changing Debate on Global Warming Oct. 11

Monday, October 08, 2007

University of Tulsa Department of Geosciences will host the lecture, “The Changing Debate on Global Warming,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Business Administration Hall Auditorium on the TU campus.

Eric Barron, dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin, will present his analysis of the development of the climate debate from a question of “if” to the question of “when, how much and to what effect.”

According to Barron, the acceptance of global warming has led to a new debate on the reliability and accuracy of climate model predictions that attempt to forecast what changes may take place in a warming world.

Barron will look at the confidence or lack of confidence that climate scientists place in projections for the next century. He will also discuss the importance of climate change models and how they influence future climate actions and impact the sense of risk or vulnerability people feel to both natural and anthropogenic changes to the Earth’s systems.

The Oct. 11 lecture is free and open to the public. Earth Science Week kits will be available for teachers and displays will be up for viewing before and after the lecture.

For more information, contact the Department of Geosciences at (918) 631-2517.