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Climate change questions get answered

Friday, Apr. 18 | By Julie Taylor
What: George Mason University professor and research scientist Dr. Timothy DelSole will deliver scientific evidence in plain language on topics relating to climate change.
When: Monday April 21, 2014, from 7 to 8 p.m., with a time for questions from the audience after presentation.
Where: Highland School's Rice Theater
Cost: Free

On April 21 professor and research scientist Dr. Timothy DelSole of George Mason University will be coming to Fauquier to deliver some insight on climate change, with scientific evidence to back it up.

DelSole, who is a professor in GMU's Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences, will shed light on why mainstream scientists believe global warming is real.

A recipient of Harvard's Derek Bok Center Distinguished Teacher Award, he will also outline why many modern scientists believe global warming is caused by mankind's greenhouse gas emissions.

To accompany these details, he will outline some of the views of noteworthy scientists that counter these conclusions.

Dr. Delsole's main goal is to deliver a scientifically accurate message about the climate.

Judy Lamana of the Warrenton Caucus of Citizens Climate Education Corporation, the group sponsoring the event, said, "It is hard to obtain reliable information on climate science, and it is harder still to know which scientists to listen to. Examining a range of arguments, both pro and con, is important, and Dr. DelSole, who excels at explaining challenging concepts in plain language, will be able to do this for us."

Doug Marcy, a physical scientist at NOAA's Coastal Services Center, who specializes in coastal hazards said, "Virginians need to be aware of how climate could affect the state, especially when it comes to sea level rise. The latest information from observational data shows that sea level rise in the U.S. is currently happening most rapidly on a 'hotspot' that runs along the Mid-Atlantic Coast, including Virginia."

"Dr. DelSole's presentation will cover other climate change issues too," Lamana states, adding that "it should especially be of interest to Fauquier County students studying science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). It is a great opportunity for students to listen to and ask questions of a scientist who is as accessible to the lay person as Dr. DelSole is."

DelSole has a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University, and B.S. degrees in Physics and Mathematics from North Carolina State University.

He has been a Global Change Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow for two years and a National Research Council Associate for two years at NASA Goddard.

He is currently a professor in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences at George Mason, as well as a senior research scientist at the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies, in addition to being the editor of Journal of Climate.


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