SCIENCE LECTURE: "Climate Change in Maine: What do we do now?"
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Presenter: Dr. Ivan Fernandez
Admission by donation
Location: Southwouth Planetarium
Although national media focuses on global and national trends for a changing climate, it is clear that increasing variability and accelerating changes the patters of our weather are altering the lives of Maine people today and more is on the way. The reality is that accelerating rates of change in our chemical and physical climate are a reality of the 21st century, and will persist throughout the lifetimes of everyone alive on the planet today and for generations to come. This is not the latest environmental issue that will come and go with suitable policy and management in a few years. The urgency to limit greenhouse gas emissions continues to grow greater each day, and so too does the need to make cost-effective, evidence-based decisions about adaptation options. The talk will focus on Maine, information from a recent assessment of Maine's climate future, insights on how these changes influence various sectors of Maine's economy and the lives of Maine citizens, and how we can take steps to shape the best future outcomes for ourselves and the generations to come.
Ivan J. Fernandez is Professor in the School of Forest Resources, Climate Change
Institute, and School of Food and Agriculture at the University of Maine. Among other honors
and awards, he was made a Distinguished Maine Professor in 2007, CASE/Carnegie in
Washington DC named him Professor of the Year for Maine in 2008, and was named a fellow in
the Soil Science Society of America in 2010. He has served on various U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency Science Advisory Board committees in Washington DC since 2000. He
currently chairs a panel of the EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) that is
evaluating the Clean Air Act’s secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards for oxides of
sulfur, oxides of nitrogen, and particulate matter. He represents the University of Maine in the
USDA Northeast Climate Hub, and has been involved in leading the Maine’s Climate Future
assessments in 2009 and 2015. He is a soil scientist, with a research program that focuses on the
biogeochemistry of ecosystems in a changing physical and chemical climate.