AGU Fall Meeting 2011

You can search for possible sessions here.

A very nice overview / explanation of the meeting is here via our colleagues at Skeptical Science.

Of possible interest to Fight Entropy readers are these two small but promising sessions...

NH19: Sustainable Development: Long-Term Science and Policy Challenges

Sponsor: Natural Hazards (NH)
Co-Sponsor(s): Atmospheric Sciences (A), Education (ED), Geodesy (G), Global Environmental Change (GC), Hydrology (H), Nonlinear Geophysics (NG), Near Surface Geophysics (NS), Ocean Sciences (OS), Public Affairs (PA), Seismology (S), Tectonophysics (T), Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology (V)


John Mutter
Lamont-Doherty Earth Obs

Geoffrey McCarney
Columbia University

Jesse Anttila-Hughes
Columbia University

Description: The challenges of sustainable development - equitably improving global human welfare while preserving the environment for future generations - demand research at the nexus of the social and natural sciences. Changes in environmental risk (e.g. due to climate change and/or human interaction with the environment) present challenges to all human societies, but the implications for long-term science and policy development differ depending on context. For example, developing countries face constraints, vulnerabilities, and social dynamics that make their interaction with geophysical hazards complex and nuanced. Papers in this session will explore the nature of this context-dependent interaction between natural and social systems.

U43: Social Impacts of Climate Change and Climate Variability

Sponsor: Union (U)


David Lobell
Stanford University

Solomon Hsiang
Princeton University

Mark Cane
Lamont-Doherty Earth Obs

Michael Oppenheimer
Princeton University

Description: Current climate variability and future climate changes both have the potential to impact society in important and complex ways. However, the scale and scope of climate impacts on society remain largely unknown. This session will focus on recent advances in the detection and modeling of climate impacts using quantitative methods. The session will examine (1) novel pathways through which climate variability or climate change will influence societies and (2) novel techniques for detecting and modeling the influence of climate on societies. This session is open to work that examines any of the multiple mechanisms through which global climate change or climate variability influence social, political, agricultural or economic systems.

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