For Immediate Release: September 2, 2009
Media Contact: Michele Demetras - 916-654-4989


Top Researchers Set Foundation for California Policy at Annual Climate Change Symposium

SACRAMENTO – The California Energy Commission, the California Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Resources Agency have lined up impressive keynote speakers and other top-notch researchers for the 6th Annual California Climate Change Symposium. Climate change, mitigation, and adaptation issues affecting California will be discussed during the three-day symposium September 8 – 10, 2009 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

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 opening day, September 8. Field has made major contributions to physiological ecology, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, and climate science.

Kim Prather, chemistry professor at U.C. San Diego, will discuss how air particles potentially impact regional climates on day two, September 9. Prather and her colleagues have collected evidence showing that different types of dust activate cloud formation and influence precipitation in different ways around the planet. Prather's research reveals the complexity of particles and how much it varies regionally.

Veerabhadran Ramanathan is the Victor Alderson Professor of Applied Ocean Sciences and director of the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and will be the concluding keynote speaker on day three, September 10. His research focuses on global climate dynamics, solar radiation transfer, greenhouse effect, clouds, and satellite remote sensing. He and Professor Richard Alley recently received the highly prestigious Tyler award "for their scientific contributions that advanced understanding of how human activities influence global climate."

Other speakers and topics can be viewed in the agenda here:

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


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



Sacramento Convention Center, third floor ballroom
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: or (916) 654-4989.

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