For Immediate Release: August 20, 2009
Media Contact: Michele Demetras - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Experts Gather for Annual Climate Change Research Symposium

SACRAMENTO - To continue educating the public on climate change research, the California Energy Commission and the California Environmental Protection Agency are sponsoring the three-day symposium to discuss California-specific issues related to climate change, mitigation, and adaptation.

More than 50 recognized experts from 26 organizations, such as the University of California, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Stanford University, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography will present recent data from climate change study. A list of speakers and agenda may be found here: http://www.climatechange.ca.gov/events/research.html

What:

The 6th Annual California Climate Change Symposium held Sept 8-10 at the Sacramento Convention Center, will showcase regional climate change science from greenhouse gas inventory methods, climate change monitoring and analysis, to impacts mitigation and adaptation.

Chris Field, director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology and the new chair of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group 2, will be the keynote speaker on September 8. Field has made major contributions to physiological ecology, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, and climate science.

In 2003, the Energy Commission initiated the first state-sponsored research program on climate change in the nation, focusing on California-specific issues. The research complements federal and international research efforts to produce scientific information for the state to inform climate change policy. This year's conference features valuable new findings on climate change impacts, mitigation, and adaptation.

Who:

Chris Field, Chair IPCC (Summary of upcoming IPCC Assessment)
Dan Cayan, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (California climate projections)
Kimberly Cahill, U.C. Davis (Climate effects on wine grape growing in Napa Valley)
Art Rosenfeld, CA Energy Commission (Global cooling through cool roofs and cool pavements)
Anthony Westerling, U.C. Merced (Climate change and California forest fires)

Most speakers will be available for interviews with the news media.

When:

Tuesday, September 8, 1-4:30 pm
Wednesday, September 9, 8 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday, September 10, 8 am - 4:30 pm

Where:

Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street, Sacramento

News media representatives may attend the conference at no cost. Please contact Michele Demetras at the Energy Commission to register. E-mail her at: MDemetra@energy.state.ca.us or (916) 654-4989.

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