If you have an interest in energy, there are two great events this week for you! Go to a seminar about wind farms on Monday or protest against fracking in Colorado on Tuesday. Or if you’re looking for more hands on activities, take your kids to Super Science Saturday hosted by NCAR.
by Marisa McNatt
This week, Boulder will be addressing improvements in extreme rainfall predictions and how the Greenland ice sheet is affected by global warming. At the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, an evening lecture will discuss findings related to Venus and its atmosphere. A course that explores energy policies, with a focus on policies and renewable energy at the U.S. national level, is offered this week at CU-Boulder.
“Making Climate Change Local: High-resolution Downscaling of Extreme Precipitation Projections in the Colorado Front Range,” hosted by the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR). April 2.
What? Extreme rainfall events present numerous challenges and questions related to public safety and risk management. By improving climate model projections at the regional level, scientists and researchers are creating a more realistic picture of future flood risk across central and Eastern Colorado. This research’s main objective is to better inform the needs of water resources mangers in the Western U.S. Kelly Mahoney, a CIRES Research Scientist working at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Earth System Research Laboratory, will lead the seminar. Mahoney is currently working on extreme precipitation forecasting in shorter time scales across various regions of the U.S.
Where? CSTPR Conference Room. Map
Time? 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
“Transits and Observations of Venus,” hosted by the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP). April 4.
What? LASP scientist Dr. Kevin McGouldrick will discuss findings related to Venus and its atmosphere. Check the LASP calendar for details to come.
Where? LASP Space Technology Building (LSTB)-299, Auditorium. Map and directions.
Time? 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.)
“Greenland ice sheet and dynamic response to global warming,” hosted by CU-Boulder’s Geography Department. April 6.
What? Konrad Steffen, Director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and Professor in CU-Boulder’s Geography Department, will lead the colloquium. Steffen studies interactions between climate and crysophere — water water in its’ solid form. Specifically, Steffen studies in Greenland and Antarctica, addressing the response of ice sheets to climate warming and resulting sea level rise, using past, present and future climate variability and trends that are based on direct measurements, satellite measurements, as well as climate modeling.
Where? CU-Boulder, IBS Building, room 155. Map.
Time? 3:30 p.m.
“Energy Legislation and Policy Analysis,” hosted by CU-Boulder’s Sustainable Practices Program. April 6.
What? New policies related to renewable energy and traditional energy can directly impact the bottom line of sustainably minded businesses. This course will provide students with knowledge, research techniques and resources to track developing policies and legislation and how these policies and legislation affect business. The course focuses on renewable energy, but also examines other major current forms of energy and the policies that boost and discourage their use. Trade groups, lobbying entities and the legislative process will be addressed to foster understanding of how legislation and policies are developed. In addition to the U.S. national level, this course looks into interesting and innovative policies at the local, state and international level as well.
Time? 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost? General participants – $355. CU-Boulder students – $177.50. CU-Boulder Faculty/Staff – $284.00
Climate change will be discussed in a variety of ways this week in Boulder, from the dilemmas behind public acceptance of climate change, to climate change and acid mine drainage in the Rocky Mountains, to the challenges and opportunities climate change presents in the twenty-first century. Former Governor Bill Ritter, who helped to establish Colorado as a leader in clean energy, will be presenting at an event on Tuesday at CU-Boulder’s Law School.