Speaker to address challenges in Climate Change Assessment and Information Transfer


Dan Vimont, assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin's Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department, will discuss how the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) is both assessing climate change impacts on Wisconsin’s natural and built resources and developing adaptation strategies for a wide variety of stakeholders.

His talk, "The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts: Adapting to Climate Change in Wisconsin," is scheduled for 4 p.m., Monday, April 4, in 112 Walker.

"One of the challenges of assessing and adapting to climate change involves linking information between physical, biological, and social systems," Vimont said. "This information sharing is essential across multiple scales of activity and through multiple channels."

WICCI is engaged in that communication, and Vimont will share the organization’s activities with an emphasis on illustrating how WICCI's organizational structure facilitates communication between different groups.

Vimont, who serves on the WICCI Science Council, also will present a set of downscaled climate data for Wisconsin, including a description of how the downscaling technique addresses needs of multiple assessment activities.

The 2011 spring EarthTalks seminar series, "Where Climate Science Meets the Road: Managing Resources for Climate Change," is sponsored by the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). For the full list of speakers, visit Spring 2011 EarthTalks Series: "Managing Resources for Climate Change".