On Tuesday February 16, The joint BNL-SBU Center for Regional Impacts of Climate Change (CIRCC) sponsored a one-day symposium at the Wang Center at Stony Brook University to bring together those interested in climate change from the Stony Brook campus and from Brookhaven National Laboratory.
The Stony Brook University – Brookhaven National Laboratory Joint Symposium on Climate Change featured presenters from a variety of disciplines including anthropology, ecology, environmental sciences, and marine and atmospheric sciences. The interdisciplinary meeting was organized by Peter Daum, chair of Brookhaven Lab’s Environmental Sciences Department; Jeff Levinton, distinguished professor in SBU’s Department of Ecology and Evolution; and Minghua Zhang, professor in SBU’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and director of the Institute for Planetary and Terrestrial Atmospheres.
With presentations that ranged from statistical analysis of aerosol mass spectra to a discussion of plant adaptation to elevated ambient temperature and CO2 concentrations, the Joint Symposium on Climate Change was truly an interdisciplinary meeting.
“The topics are so diverse and yet they are all so closely related to each other centering around the climate change problem.” said Dr. Zhang.
Dr. Levinton was also pleased with the diverse background of the symposium attendees. “The audience included climate modelers, ecologists, observational atmospheric scientists, plant physiologists and more,” he said. “The range was staggering but I was pleased that there was so much interest in the distant work of others.”
The organizers hope that this meeting will serve as a springboard to connect researchers across disciplines and institutions. “The next step will be to establish smaller working groups to translate this cross-disciplinary interest into working research groups,” said Dr. Levinton.
“I am sure that SBU and BNL will find ways to enhance the the collaborative research activities that already exist, and find ways develop new collaborations as we go forward,” said Dr. Daum.
- Chris Gobler (SoMAS) Consequences of climate change for ocean organisms
- Jeff Levinton, Ecology and Evolution (E&E) Regional climate change and estuaries
- Stephen Baines (E&E) Watershed biogeochemistry, aquatic ecosystem dynamics and regional climate
- Lucian Wielopolski (BNL) Non-destructive soil analysis and its impact on the Soil Sampling Paradigm
- Jeff Fitts (BNL) Geologic CO2 storage: Is it viable?
Alison Liu (BNL) Plants adapt to the elevated ambient temperature and CO2 concentration through epigenetic regulation of the gene expression
- Minghua Zhang (ITPA/SoMAS) An overview of physical processes in the Community Climate System Model (CCSM) running at the NY Blue
- Andy Vogelmann (BNL) Clouds and Climate
- Steve Schwartz (BNL) Why hasn’t the Earth climate warmed as much as expected?
- Yangang Li (BNL) FASTER project to improve climate models
- Lawrence Kleinman (BNL) Aircraft Field Campaigns
- Yin-Nan Lee (BNL) Aerosols during VOCALS
- Bob McGraw (BNL) Statistical analysis of aerosol mass spectra
- Ernie Lewis (BNL) Production and hygroscopic behavior of atmospheric aerosol particles
- Arthur Sedlacek (BNL) Evolution of the optical properties of aerosol
- Jian Wang (BNL) Cloud activating properties of atmospheric aerosols
- H. Resit Akcakaya, Lilliana Davalos, Catherine Graham (E&E) Quantifying the influence of climate change on the distribution and persistence of species
- Dianna Padilla (E&E) Invasion of aquatic species and climate change
- Jessica Gurevitch (E&E) Plant species and climate change
- Steve Munch (SoMAS) Changes in lifespan, and population growth with temperature
- Jackie Collier (SoMAS) Climate and changes in microbial community composition and function
- Ruth Coffey (SoMAS) Ground water and climate – marine perspective
Tsvi Pick, Geosciences (GEO) Ground water and climate – land perspective
- Alistair Rogers (BNL) What have FACE experiments told us about the response of ecosystems to rising [CO2], and what do we still need to learn?
- Rob Armstrong (SoMAS) Climate change and marine biogeochemical cycles
- David Black (SoMAS) The Paleo perspective on climate change
- Edmund Chang (ITPA/SoMAS) Storm track variability in global warming
- Pat Wright (E&E) Changes of storms in Madagascar
- Keith Jones (BNL) Dormant hydrate systems in oceans and their potential climate impact