Centennial Distinguished Lecture Series welcomes climate researcher Richard Alley

Free lecture planned for Tuesday, March 13 at UH Manoa Campus Center

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
David Baker, (808) 956-9405
UH Manoa Department of English
Posted: Mar 9, 2007

The UH Manoa Distinguished Lecture Series continues its Centennial year program this month with a presentation by Richard Alley, the Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at Penn St. University. Alley is one of the world‘s leading climate researchers, and has spent numerous field seasons in both Antarctica and Greenland studying the waxing and waning of ice sheets. The lecture presentation, "Get Rich and Save the World: Global Warming, Peak Oil, and Our Future," is scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, at 7:00 p.m. in the UH Manoa Campus Center Ballroom. It is free and open to the public.

Alley has chaired a National Research Council study on Abrupt Climate Change, and serves, or has served, on other advisory panels and steering committees related to climate change. In addition to publishing numerous scholarly articles on climate change and Earth‘s recent climate history, Alley‘s popular book The Two-Mile Time Machine: Ice Cores, Abrupt Climate Change, and Our Future (Princeton University Press) provides a first hand account of his own work drilling the Greenland ice sheet, and places the results of his own work in the context of global climate change research. The book received the 2001 Phi Beta Kappa Book Award in Science.

In addition to being recognized as an exceptional scholar, he is well known as a source of accessible public information about climate change, including appearance on TV (Nova, BBC), radio (NPR, Earth and Sky), and print outlets (New York Times, Time Magazine).

Alley will also lead a seminar — also open to the public at no charge — on the topic, "Fraying at the Edges — Sea Level and the Bizarre Behavior of Ice Sheets," Thursday, March 15, 3:00 - 5:00 pm in the Architecture Auditorium on the Manoa campus.