George Mason Hosts Major Climate Symposium

Posted: May 12, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

On Monday, May 15, George Mason hosts the symposium “A Decade of Global Change Research: Accomplishments and Future Directions of Earth System Sciences and Environmental Policy.”

The symposium will assess the accomplishments of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, which was created as a presidential initiative in 1989 to foster collaborations between research institutions to improve predictions of seasonal-to-interannual climate fluctuations and long-term climate change. The program also sponsors research into the ways changes in environmental factors like ultraviolet radiation and vegetation impact climate.

Also, the symposium will honor Robert Corell, chair of the interagency committee that developed and now coordinates the U.S. Global Change Research Program, for his leadership and contributions to the program.

Approximately 200 leaders from academia and government, including senior representatives from federal agencies and the White House, are expected to attend, says Jagadish Shukla, professor of earth science and global change at George Mason and director of the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies, an independent research institution in Maryland and a close research partner of the university. Shukla is a member of the symposium’s organizing committee.

Members of the George Mason community are welcome to attend symposium lectures, which are held in the Johnson Center Cinema. For more information, contact Shukla at (301) 595-7000.

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