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Climate scientists talk hurricanes, drought, with capitol staffers over lunch

The Earth Institute at Columbia University

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 12 pm-1:30pm 2218 Rayburn House Office Building

Climate change has become a divisive topic in America. To shift the focus back on science, scientists from Columbia University are briefing members of Congress and their staff during the second annual Climate Science Day on Capitol Hill. Climate Science Day, organized by a range of national scientific organizations, gives scientists a chance to share their expertise with political leaders on climate-related topics such as hurricanes, drought and sea-level rise, and to convey the importance of fundamental climate research.

WHAT: Panel discussion: Spotlight on Weather and Climate Extremes

WHEN: Feb. 1, 2012, 12 pm-1:30pm

WHERE: 2218 Rayburn House Office Building, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.

PRESS REGISTRATION/CONTACT: Kim Martineau, The Earth Institute 646-717-0134.

Opening Remarks

U.S. Rep Eliot Engel, NY-17


Lisa Goddard, Columbia University's International Research Institute for Climate and Society "Climate Forecasts that Matter"

Richard Seager, Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory "Droughts and Floods in the U.S."

Mingfang Ting, Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory "Warming in the North Atlantic, Hurricanes and Rainfall"


Arthur Lerner-Lam, Interim Director, Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory


Climate Science Day is a collaborative effort of the following organizations: American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, American Society of Agronomy, American Statistical Association, Columbia University and the Earth Institute, Crop Science Society of America, Geological Society of America, National Ecological Observatory Network, Soil Science Society of America, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and the National Ground Water Association.

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