NYU-Hosted Workshop Considers How to Predict Future Changes in Sea Level As a Result of Climate Change, Feb. 22 & 23


New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences will host the annual Center for Atmosphere Ocean Science (CAOS) Winter Workshop, “Predicting Sea Level in the 21st Century: The Role of Ice-Ocean Interaction,” on Fri., Feb. 22 and Sat. Feb. 23 at Warren Weaver Hall, Room 109, 251 Mercer Street (between W. 3rd and W. 4th Sts.).

For a complete schedule, go to http://caos.cims.nyu.edu/object/caos.schedule_2008.html

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is composed of climate scientists, released a February 2007 report concluding that human activity is largely responsible for climate change. However, the panel could offer only a rough estimate of how global warming would drive changes in sea levels-it predicted they would rise between 7.8 inches and two feet by the end of the century. In addition, the models used in such predictions did not include the dynamical response of the polar ice sheets to climate change.

The CAOS workshop is designed to stimulate activity between scientists focusing their research on understanding the ice sheets and modelers in national laboratories who run the IPCC models. The enh 500

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