SEA is pleased to announce that Dr. Al Solomon, retired National Program Leader for Global Change Research in the U.S. Forest Service, will launch our new season of seminars in November. Dr. Solomon retired after 40 years of teaching and research primarily in global change and carbon cycle biology. He held staff positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna, Austria. He also served as Assistant Professor of Geosciences at the University of Arizona and Professor of Forest Ecology at Michigan Technological University. In addition to 90+ research publications, Dr. Solomon was a Contributor to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the International Panel on Climate Change. Dr. Solomon will present on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at 9 am in Coos Bay at the History Museum, located at 1210 North Front Street, Coos Bay, Oregon.
The talk will review the basic facts underlying the reality of global climate change, some learned recently and some understood over 150 years ago. It will consider the global climate changes that have already occurred and those we can expect in the future, that are relevant to life on the Oregon coast. Then, the talk will review the kinds of impacts on coastal social systems and ecosystems we can expect. These include impacts on land and those on the estuaries, beaches and the ocean. Finally, the discussion will encompass some of the management (adaptation) and policy (mitigation) actions that we can take to reduce those impacts.