PCC 3rd Annual Public Lecture (2004): "Climate Variability, Ocean Circulation, and Changes in the Hydrological Cycle"

Start Date/Time: Monday, May 24, 2004, 7:00 PM
Location: Kane Hall Room 120, UW Campus

On the evening of May 24th, in Kane Hall room 120, Dr. William Curry succeeded at conveying an appreciation and understanding of the interconnections between global ocean circulation, atmospheric wind temperatures, melting ice, and their possible connections to rapid climate change. Dr. Curry is the Director of the Ocean and Climate Change Institute at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).
The Public Lecture was delivered to an appreciative audience of 300 students, research scientists, lecturers and others attracted by the topic of "Climate Variability, Ocean Circulation, and Changes in the Hydrological Cycle". The public lecture was scheduled 6-9 months ago, well before any of us had an idea that the fatalistic and fantastic movie about global warming, "The Day After Tomorrow", would open the following Friday.
With the ease of one accustomed to speaking before diverse groups of people, Dr. Curry enticed the audience by stating that global warming could spawn cooling in parts of the earth, particularly Europe, and that there are good reasons for why cooling in the Atlantic could happen. His lecture was framed by three leading questions: What is it about the geological record that leads us to believe that rapid climate changes have happened in the past? What is happening in the ocean now? How are modern salinities changing, and how could this effect climate?
For those interested in viewing the lecture, it is available on VHS from the Office of the Program on Climate Change (uwpcc@u.washington.edu 206-543-6521).