Spring 2011 EarthTalks Series: "Managing Resources for Climate Change"


Planning how best to manage resources that will be affected by climate change is the topic of the Earth & Environmental Systems Institute's (EESI) spring EarthTalks seminar. Speakers from government agencies and nonprofit organizations are among those who will be addressing "Where Climate Science Meets the Road: Managing Resources for Climate Change."

The speakers include:

  • Nels Johnson, Deputy State Director for The Nature Conservancy, on Monday, Feb. 28
  • Chris Pyke, Vice President of Research, U.S. Green Building Council; and Vice Chair, Chesapeake Bay program’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee, on Monday, March 28;
  • Daniel Vimont, Assistant Professor, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Center for Climatic Research, University of Wisconsin, on Monday, April 4;
  • Matt Larsen, Associate Director, Climate and Land Use Change, U.S. Geological Survey, on Monday, April 25.

All talks will be held at 4 p.m., 112 Walker Building.

In his talk, Johnson will focus on key findings of the recently completed Pennsylvania Climate Change Adaptation Planning Report that identifies the most important risks that climate change poses for the state’s infrastructure, public health, natural resources and recreation and tourism industries. The report also indicates steps that can be taken now to reduce those impacts.

"We provide current and relevant climate adaptation information to stakeholders including legislators, policy makers, government agencies and the public," said Johnson, who served as co-chair for the natural resources working group that prepared the report.

Johnson also will highlight work by The Nature Conservancy to identify resilient landscapes and connectivity area in the central Appalachians.


Co-sponsored by the Earth & Environmental Systems Institute and Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment