For Immediate Release: April 17, 2009
Media Contact: Adam Gottlieb - 916-654-4989

Scripps Contacts:
Robert Monroe or Mario Aguilera
(858) 534-3624


Scientists Discuss Climate Change at Scripps

California Climate Action Team meeting welcomes input from the public at
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

What: Media are invited to a special public science meeting of the California Climate Action Team (CAT) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Experts on wildfires, drought, sea-level rise, public health and economic effects of climate change will deliver brief presentations and invite feedback. A live Webinar of the event will also take place. (Please see below for access instructions.)

When: Monday, April 20 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Where: Robert Paine Scripps Forum for Science, Society and the Environment (Scripps Seaside Forum), 8610 Kennel Way (formerly Discovery Way) in La Jolla, Calif. (For media only: Take I-5, exit La Jolla Village Drive, west one mile. Make left on La Jolla Shores Drive, then right on El Paseo Grande and immediate right into parking lots on right-hand side. Please obtain media parking passes from the Scripps Communications Office staff attendant upon arrival.)

Who: Authors of several of the reports included in the latest CAT assessment will deliver brief presentations, followed by question-and-answer sessions. Speakers include:

  • Climate and Socio-economic Scenarios Overview: Dan Cayan, Scripps Oceanography
  • Climate Effects on Forests and Wildfire Prevalence: Anthony Westerling, UC Merced
  • Water and Overall Economic Impacts: Michael Hanemann, UC Berkeley
  • Agricultural Sector Impacts: Richard Howitt, UC Davis
  • Sea-level rise scenarios: Matt Heberger, Pacific Institute
  • Public Health and Air Quality Implications: Rupa Basu,
    California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
  • Energy Impacts: Maximillian Auffhammer, UC Berkeley

Background: The state Climate Action Team draft assessment report, released April 1, uses updated, comprehensive scientific research to outline environmental and societal climate impacts. The team's second biennial report to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger includes new assessments of impacts from warming, precipitation changes and sea-level rise as well as the additional societal factors such as land-use changes and demographic shifts and the possible economic consequences of these potential changes. Impacts of climate change to California's coast, agriculture, forest and communities have been known and studied for years; however the studies that support the CAT report suggest that actual greenhouse gas emissions are outstripping 2006 projections. Of particular interest are the several papers focusing on the impacts of a rise in sea levels to coastal communities and increased potential of wildfires to residential areas.


The California Energy Commission is furnishing an opportunity to those unable to attend the event to hear presentations via the Internet in the following manner:


  1. Please go to and enter the unique meeting number:
    920 696 370
  2. When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password: meeting@10
  3. After you login, a prompt will appear on-screen for you to provide your phone number. In the Number box, type your area code and phone number and click OK to receive a call back on your phone for the audio of the meeting. International callers can use the "Country/Region" button to help make their connection.


  1. Please go to and enter the unique meeting number:
    920 696 370
  2. When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password: meeting@10
  3. After you login, a prompt will ask for your phone number. CLICK CANCEL.
  4. Instead call 1-866-469-3239 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada). When prompted, enter the meeting number above and your unique Attendee ID number, which is listed in the top left area of your screen after you login. International callers can dial in using the "Show all global call-in numbers" link (also in the top left area).


Call 1-866-469-3239 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada) and when prompted enter the unique meeting number: 920 696 370. International callers can select their number from

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