School of Meteorology

This is a joint seminar with the OU Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability


Dr. David Karoly
School of Earth Sciences
University of Melbourne, Australia

Dr. William Hooke
Senior Policy Fellow
American Meteorological Society

24 October 2013, 4:00 PM

National Weather Center, Room 1350
120 David L. Boren Blvd.
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK

The recently released Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC concluded that
• Warming of the climate system is unequivocal;
• It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century; and
• Limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.
Governments around the world have agreed to limit global warming to no more than 2C above pre-industrial levels. We shall compare and contrast climate change policies in the United States and in Australia, first on emission reduction and then on adaptation.

David Karoly will describe the current carbon pricing policy in Australia, which is about to be replaced by the “Direct Action” policy of the new Australian government. These will be contrasted to the emission reduction policies through regulation that have been implemented in the US, as well as regional emissions trading schemes, such as the Western Climate Initiative for the western states and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative for the north-east states.

Bill Hooke will discuss the likely impacts of climate change on extreme events, including increases in hot extremes, in storm surges and in heavy rainfall, and adaptive responses that seek to minimize their effects on society. Recent examples of extreme events, such as the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy and the heat waves in the south-central US, will be used to illustrate the need for improvements in adaptation measures.

Speaker bio

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