The science, says Ben Kirtman, is absolute. The earth is warming, and this is not a good thing. Polar ice is melting. Sea levels are rising. The world is hotter, and extreme weather patterns are becoming the norm.
The December 2015 accord at the climate change summit in Paris by 196 nations is heralded as a giant leap forward in combating greenhouse gas emissions. Many hope it is not too little, too late.
Because, as Kirtman says, the earth is changing.
Kirtman is a professor at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and was co-chair of the NOAA Climate Prediction Task Force. He was a lead author of the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change used during the Paris summit to achieve the unprecedented unanimous agreement.
To many living in South Florida, climate change is personal. As Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc told hundreds of scientists visiting the University in November 2015 prior to the Paris summit, Miami is “ground zero” for climate change and sea level rise. Even as far back as the 1950s, some scientists talked about rising seas inundating the Mississippi Valley and putting Miami underwater.
The University of Miami is marshaling the collective problem-solving muscle of all its schools and colleges to help answer a mosaic of complex questions about the science of climate change. Researchers, engineers, architects, marine scientists, and geologists are exploring new technologies and new ways to live in this changing world. Educators are reaching out to local schools to share the latest science with young learners, the next line of defense against climate change.
Much is known, and much remains to be discovered about the changing climate.
“No longer can we, as a society,” says University of Miami President Julio Frenk, “disregard its impact on the world around us.”
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- Graduate student tackles issues of sustainability, resilience July 21, 2021Paula Christina Viala’s career path has taken a few twists and turns. Now, she is part of the Master of Professional Science in Urban Sustainability and Resilience program and is working as an intern this summer for the Miami-Dade County Office of Resilience.
- University researcher aids in river’s restoration July 21, 2021Daniel Suman, a professor of marine affairs and policy, is collaborating with the environmental group Marea Verde to bring a solar- and hydro-powered trash collection device to the polluted Juan Díaz River in Panama.
- Research recommends managed retreat as climate change option June 21, 2021Katharine Mach, a Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science researcher, argues in a new paper that managed retreat—moving people and property out of harm’s way—should be viewed as a proactive approach that can support communities and livelihoods in the face of climate change.
- ’Canes on ’Canes webinar takes a deep dive on hurricanes June 7, 2021Composed of graduate and undergraduate students, the education and outreach group provided an outlook on the 2021 hurricane season, and an overview of tropical cyclone research underway at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
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