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Climate Policy Speaker Series

NASA's Climate Briefings series is designed to assist the NASA Headquarters community learn about climate and global change issues.

The series is a service of the Science Mission Directorate's (SMD's) Earth Science Division, a significant contributor to national and worldwide technology, measurements, and research in climate and global change to support scientific understanding and inform policy options.

For information and speaker suggestions, contact: Lawrence Friedl, SMD/Earth Science Division/Applied Sciences Program at 202.358.7200.

  • Water Utilities Use of Climate Research, Data and Observations to Inform Decision-Making

    Water Utilities Use of Climate Research, Data and Observations to Inform Decision-Making

    July 15, 2014

    Paul Fleming is the lead for Seattle Public Utilities’ Climate Resiliency Program. Paul is responsible for leading SPU’s climate research initiatives, assessing climate risks, mainstreaming adaptation and mitigation strategies and establishing collaborative partnerships.

  • Climate Change and Human Health: Any Hope for Policy?

    Climate Change and Human Health: Any Hope for Policy?

    Jan. 3, 2014

    Philip Alcabes, Professor of Public Health and director of the Master of Public Health program at Adelphi University - This presentation describes why it is so difficult to develop firm policy recommendations for protecting the public's health in the face of environmental change. The talk will cover three areas: the interactions between climate and health, the nature of climate policy in relation to predicted changes in the environment, and the problems of studying human health in relation to climate and climate change.

  • Building Confidence in Adaptation: Managing water resources across institutions, sectors, disciplines, and climates

    Building Confidence in Adaptation: Managing water resources across institutions, sectors, disciplines, and climates

    Jan. 16, 2013

    Dr. John Matthews - This presentation discusses development of more sustainable and coherent long-term water management strategies.

  • Crowd-sourced Climate Change Reporting

    Crowd-sourced Climate Change Reporting

    Sept. 19, 2012

    Julia Kumari Drapkin, Lead producer for iSeeChange at KVNF - This presentation is about iSeeChange, a public media project funded by the Association for Independents in Radio (AIR) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, reporting on local environmental change in reverse and turns community questions and conversations with scientists into reported stories that promote opportunities to learn about climate change's efforts on the environment and daily life.

  • Climate and the Media

    Climate and the Media

    May 10, 2012

    Juliet Elperin, The Washington Post - This presentation describes how a news organization covers the climate topic, including the science and politics of climate change and climate policy.

  • The psychology of climate change:  Messaging climate change/sea level rise to your community

    The psychology of climate change: Messaging climate change/sea level rise to your community

    Jan. 19, 2012

    Dr. Poornima Madhavan, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Old Dominion University, Director of its Applied Decision Making Laboratory - This presentation describes human decision making under risk, stress, time pressure, and uncertainty and the intersection of science and public policy.

  • The impacts of climate change and urbanization on future building performance

    The impacts of climate change and urbanization on future building performance

    July 16, 2012

    Dr. Dru Crawley, Director of Building Performance Products at Bentley Systems, Inc - This presentation describes the impacts of various energy practices on comfort conditions, building equipment operation, and daily patters of energy performance and perspectives on climate policy.

  • World Wildlife Fund Climate Savers: Climate protection partnership perspectives from Volvo

    World Wildlife Fund Climate Savers: Climate protection partnership perspectives from Volvo

    Nov. 9, 2011

    Mr. Matthew Banks, Senior Program Officer, World Wildlife Fund Business and Industry Program & Mr. Inge Horkeby, Director of Environmental Affairs at the Volvo Group - Volvo has partnered with the World Wildlife Fund to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Learn the science behind partnership, what it means for Volvo, for the manufacturing sector, and for future global emissions.

  • The Role of Voluntary Carbon Markets in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    The Role of Voluntary Carbon Markets in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    July 7, 2011

    David Antonioli, CEO, VCS Association - This presentation describes the role of the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the VCS Program in providing a rigorous, trustworthy, and innovative global standard for the development of greenhouse gas offsets in the voluntary market.

  • Carbon Offsets and Earth Observations

    Carbon Offsets and Earth Observations

    Nov. 23, 2009

    Molly Macauley, Senior Fellow and Research Director at Resources for the Future - In climate policy discussions, the issue of emissions “offsets” is a contentious topic. This presentation discusses answers to the most frequently asked questions about offsets.