CSU engineering hosts interactive climate change exhibit, March 3 panel

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“Real People, Real Climate, Real Changes” – a traveling exhibit launched by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) – is on display at the Colorado State University Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering this spring.

To celebrate the exhibit and partnership, NCAR and the college will host an NCAR Explorer Series panel discussion and reception from 5-7 p.m. March 3 in the atrium of the Scott Bioengineering Building, 700 Meridian Ave. (northeast corner of Laurel and Meridian avenues), in Fort Collins. The event is free and open to the public. The panel will begin at 6 p.m.

Registration, parking

Due to limited space, registration is required at https://advancing.colostate.edu/NCAREXHIBIT. Parking is free after 4 p.m. in Lot 310 on the north side of the Lory Student Center.

Some of the college’s leading experts in climate change will serve on the panel, including Jim Hurrell, former director of NCAR who is now Scott Presidential Chair in Environmental Science and Engineering at CSU. His research in atmospheric science centers on analyses and model simulations of climate, climate variability and climate change.

Other panelists

Bob Henson, a meteorologist and writer at Weather Underground, who helped develop the traveling NCAR climate exhibit as a consultant.

Tami Bond, CSU’s Scott Presidential Chair in Energy, Environment and Health and professor in mechanical engineering, who studies complex links between energy, climate and human choices.

Ellison Carter, CSU assistant professor, civil engineering, who studies health impacts of household energy use.

Emily Fischer, CSU associate professor, atmospheric science, who studies impacts of oil and gas development on air quality and connection between fires and air quality.

David Randall,  CSU University Distinguished Professor, atmospheric science, who studies the effects of clouds on climate and how to represent cloud effects in climate models.

Russ Schumacher, CSU associate professor, atmospheric science, and Colorado State Climatologist, who studies weather forecasting and precipitation extremes such as flash floods.

Exhibit through March 12

The interactive exhibit will be open to the public in the Scott Bioengineering Building atrium through March 12.

“Our faculty are conducting innovative research on energy, air quality, protecting our environment, and water – all areas impacted by climate change – so we are excited to showcase this exhibit,” said CSU engineering dean Dave McLean. “NCAR and Jim [Hurrell] have given us a wonderful opportunity to better connect with our community, and also help tell the story of the science behind climate change.”

“Real People, Real Climate, Real Changes” was developed by NCAR and the UCAR Center for Science Education to help share the science of climate change and how it impacts people’s lives. The exhibit was made possible with funds provided by the National Science Foundation.

Using pictures, infographics, and personal stories, the traveling exhibit explains how scientists know the climate is changing, what that future may look like, and how the impacts are affecting people, from flooding and drought to sea level rise and severe weather. The exhibit also allows visitors to explore how their own choices make a difference.