Climate Change: The Past, The Present and Our Future

Dr. Douglas Nychka, Director of the Institute of Mathematics Applied to Geosciences for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), will be speaking at the first Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) Public Lecture. His presentation is entitled: “Climate Change: the Past, the Present and Our Future.” Dr. Nychka will discuss how the reconstruction of past climate, including the “hockey stick curve,” is relevant to understanding the role of human influence on today’s climate. This in turn leads to better understanding of the likely future changes in climate and their implications for our society.

When: Tuesday, February 15 from 7 – 9 p.m.

Where: Bryan Center at Duke University, Von Canon Room

The lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture is created specifically for an audience who is not in the mathematical or statistical field.

This is the first in a new series of public lectures sponsored by SAMSI. The series will feature leading statisticians and applied mathematicians from around the world whose work reflects the SAMSI mission of using statistics and applied mathematics to address fundamental scientific problems.

The Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute was created as part of an NSF grant awarded to Duke University, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University. It is also a partner with the National Institute of Statistical Sciences, located in Research Triangle Park.

SAMSI hosts year-long research programs, associated workshops and conferences and other events throughout each calendar year. SAMSI researchers include senior and junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students in residence for a semester to a full year; the total number of participants in SAMSI activities is over 1200 annually.

This lecture is sponsored by the Kenan Foundation.