We'll be hearing from Alejandra López Rodriguez, at our usual time and place:
Alejandra López Rodríguez is a second year Masters student at the Harris School of Public Policy. While working as an Environmental Democracy Intern at the World Resources Institute, she conducted research on the issue of violence against environmental and land defenders in Colombia. She will present the main findings of the study, hoping to motivate a discussion on the trade-offs between sustainability, growth, and human rights.
Saieh 419, 12:30pm-1:30pm.
This is our traditional mid-quarter meet and greet! Now that we've come together for a few weeks we'd like everyone, especially the newcomers, to be able to get to know each others' interests and/or research a bit more (undergrads who may not have your own work yet, don't let this discourage you from coming; feel free to use this to probe the minds of people who are doing what you may be interested in later on). So, in that spirit, we'll be doing a form of research "speed dating" where we'll all have a bit more opportunity to discuss what we're most interested in and meet some cool people.
Saieh 419, 12:30pm-1:30pm.
Talks will resume at our next week. As always, come for the free food, stay for the interdisciplinary exchange!
Good news: we're back in our regular room tomorrow (Saieh 419), to hear from Econ PhD student and all-around smart guy Ishan Nath give a bit of a primer on the frontiers of energy and environmental economics:
Ishan Nath is a 4th year economics PhD student who works with EPIC and the Climate Impact Lab. He will give a brief overview of contemporary research topics in energy and environmental economics with illustrative examples of the empirical techniques economists use to identify causality.
See you all there!
We'll be hearing from Morgan O'Neill, the new post-doc in the Geophyscial Sciences Department on "Hurricanes and climate: signal v. noise in the very terrible 2017 season" :
There has been a lot of popular discussion about the role of climate change in the recent relentless onslaught of North Atlantic hurricanes. I will contextualize the 2017 hurricane season in the historical record, and share the current scientific consensus about what has happened and will happen to hurricanes in a warming world. Are these storms natural or manmade? Both! Maybe!
Keep sending me examples of any climate data you might use / want to know more about as we put together the workshop on interpreting climate data products!
We'll have our first talk of the quarter! Some of you may have met him this first week - James Rising is one of EPIC's new postdocs this year:
James Rising is an interdisciplinary modeler and a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC). He studies interaction between society and the planet, and is particularly interested in climate impacts, the water-energy-food nexus, and fisheries. James will present a new approach to estimating the future of coffee production, as suitable areas shift away from the equator and to higher elevations.
Potential talk on interpreting climate data for social science users
By the way, as per some discussions this week, we're trying to put together a workshop on how to interpret climate/weather/reanalysis data products. For those of you in the social sciences who work with climate data, could you let us know what products / models / data types / etc. you use generally so we can tune this potential talk to you? For those of you in the natural sciences who work on model interpretation/creation/etc. and want to help put this together, please let us know as well!
With the new year, we'll be starting up our Lunch & Learn series again. As with last year, they will be on Thursdays. However, due to the change in TTh class times, they will now be 12:30-1:30, a half hour later than last year. The first one will be 2nd Week, that is Thursday, October 5th, at 12:30pm. We'll send out the location soon, but it will be in Saieh Hall (58th/University) again.
To any newcomers, here's what we're all about:
The Energy and Climate Young Researchers' Lunch & Learn is a collaboration between RDCEP and EPIC that brings together young researchers from multiple disciplines to foster casual connections, collaborations, and interactions in the field of climate and energy, broadly defined. We meet weekly during the academic year and invite students, research assistants, and postdocs to attend, present research (professors are never present) at any stage in the process, discuss, and build casual connections across disciplines. We will feed you and everyone else attending.
If you're a young researcher or student and are interested in climate and/or energy from any angle, you're invited! We're a fun mix of people studying and working in economics, physics, statistics, public policy, sociology, philosophy, business,...
If you're interested in presenting, leading a discussion, or have any other ideas for the series, please feel free to reach out to us to chat or to grab a copy of our presenter guidelines.
Looking forward to seeing all the regulars and meeting some newcomers! Tell your friends.
In 2015, the 160 campus buildings and grounds used $40 million worth of energy. Come to the Nov. 17th hackathon to see where and why. Help improve our understanding of campus energy usage and increase energy efficiency!
Come out and compete at the Campus as a Lab Spring Hack-a-thon. Participants will select from a series of challenges and compete to identify features in campus energy data or propose new designs for tools that could be developed to improve our understanding of campus energy usage. Reserve your spot today!
For this week in Foster Children, our featured speaker will be RDCEP researcher Hailiang Du. He will be presenting "Insight of Chaos: Predictability and Randomness."
Our Foster Children speaker was RDCEP's own Lenny Smith. Smith serves as the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Time Series (CATS) at the London School of Economics. Smith received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and PhD in Physics from Columbia University.
RDCEP Graduate Student Andrew Poppick presents and gives an oral defense of his PhD dissertation "Statistical Methods for Climatic Processes with Temporal Non-Stationarity".
RDCEP Researcher Joshua Elliott, among a panel of British and American researchers, spoke at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington DC. The panel presented updated research revealing how extreme events which affect the food system are increasingly likely to occur, resulting in ‘food shocks’.
Merchants of Doubt lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver- tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.
Penn State University Assistant Professor of Statistics, Ben Shaby, will be presenting on spatial modeling hosted by RDCEP's Michael Stein.
Five Factions of Forecasters: How Climate Science Suffers from Disharmony amongst the Mathematical Sciences
RDCEPs own Leonard Smith will host a discussing on "Five Factions of Forecasters: How Climate Science Suffers from Disharmony amongst the Mathematical Sciences"
RDCEP's Joshua Elliot gave two presentations at the International Scientific Conference regarding future food threats, and how "once in a century" food threats could happen every ten years.
On almost any major issue, from climate change and urbanization to international trade and peace and security, how the U.S. and China work together (or don’t) will shape our global future.
Many federal agencies are required to perform a cost-benefit analysis when designing and evaluating regulations. In important cases, scientific information is incomplete and uncertainties may exceed established knowledge.
In his 2011 book Tropic of Chaos, Christian Parenti explored the incipient era of climate wars, in which extreme weather is breeding banditry, humanitarian crisis, and state failure.
Dr. Sanstad will discuss computational energy-economic modeling and its role in policy, especially regarding climate change and CO2 emissions mitigation.