CEE 500 B/E ENVIRONMENTAL/WATER RESOURCES SEMINAR
“Three Main Climate Risks in the Pacific Northwest”
Dr. Phil Mote,
Professor and Director, Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, Oregon State University
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
For a regional assessment of climate change published in 2013, in connection with the Third US National Climate Assessment, we conducted a risk evaluation examining the risks and consequences of a long list of impacts of climate change. Water challenges connected to shifting patterns of snowmelt topped the list.
Philip W. Mote is a professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University; director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) for the Oregon University System; and director of Oregon Climate Services, the official state climate office for Oregon. Dr. Mote’s current research interests include scenario development, regional climate change, regional climate modeling with a superensemble generated by volunteers’ personal computers, and adaptation to climate change. He is the co-leader of the NOAA-funded Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) (Links to an external site.) for the Northwest, and also of the Northwest Climate Science Center for the US Department of the Interior. Since 2005 he has been involved in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He is also a coordinating lead author and advisory council member for the US National Climate Assessment, and has served on numerous author teams for the National Research Council (NRC). He earned a BA in Physics from Harvard University and a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington, and arrived at OSU to establish OCCRI in 2009.