2020 | Byrd Center Symposium on Climate Change

2020 | Byrd Center Symposium on Climate Change

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Symposium on Climate Change Research 

Friday, October 9, 2020
8:50am - 3:50pm
Online via Zoom


Goal and Structure

Developed with input from last year’s participants, the intent of this year’s symposium is to foster interdisciplinary collaboration on climate change research at OSU.

Discussion and planning are facilitated through the use of Breakout Groups in two sessions. Each session will start with short preview talks on each of the proposed discussion topics, followed by 1 hour of group discussions, run concurrently, with a designated leader and rapporteur. Each session will end with a plenary discussion of next steps.


Posters are currently available for previewing, comments, and questions at BOX.OSU.EDU.

Below is the schedule with Zoom links and poster information. Please have this document available the day of the Symposium to log in. Click here to download the schedule as a PDF.

For general Symposium questions please contact Michele Cook at cook.942@osu.edu (email).

For technical assistance the day of the Symposium (Friday, October 9, 2020), please contact Michael Cicarella by email or Zoom.

Email: cicarella.1@osu.edu
Zoom: go.osu.edu/symposiumHelp

*Zoom Password for all Symposium Sessions: Byrd2020


Symposium Schedule: Friday, October 9, 2020, 8:50am - 3:50pm

Time Session Facilitator:
8:50 Welcome and Keynote Introduction: Ian Howat  
9:00 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Aparna Bole
Climate and Public Health
9:35 Break One
9:45 Breakout Session One:
Agriculture and Food Security Brian Snyder
Building Environment, Urban Systems, Transportation, and Cities Elena Irwin
Climate and Public Health David Kline
Climate Justice and Equity Joel Wainwright
11:15 Break Two

  • 11:30
  • 11:55
  • 12:20
  • 12:45
Poster Session/Lunch

  • Group 1: Agrawal, Gabrielli, Lomax-Vogt, Zhang
  • Group 2: Arens, Gardner, Leasor, Wang
  • Group 3: Darrah, Ivezic, Mark, Zhan
  • Group 4: Ihle, Li, Taber, Zhao, Chartrand
1:15 Break Three
1:30 Keynote Introduction, Ian Howat  
1:35 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Marta Jarzyna
Climate and Biodiversity
2:10 Break Four
2:20 Breakout Session Two:
Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Ecosystem Services Marta Jarzyna
Climate Change: Variability and Extremes Peter Craigmile
Surface Water Resources and Accessibility Mike Durand
Engaging with the Public and Policy Makers Robyn Wilson
3:50 Adjourn. Thank you for participating!

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or ASL interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Michele Cook at cook.942@osu.edu (email) or 614-292-7972 (phone).


Falling dominoes? Ice, climate, sea level and our future

ABSTRACT: Sea level is rising because of human-caused warming, impacting coastal communities. Shrinkage of the ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland is contributing, and could accelerate in the future. History and physics show that warming melts ice, and that too much warming triggers rapid iceberg calving. Visitors to Glacier Bay in Alaska now sail more than 60 miles into a fjord that held ice up to a mile thick when George Vancouver visited in 1794, and many other fjords have rapidly “unzipped” into their mountains or ice sheet. If a similar retreat is triggered in any of the major Antarctic basins holding far more ice, more than 10 feet of additional sea-level rise could occur in the following century or less. Exciting scientific advances will be needed to reduce the remaining large uncertainties.


Keynote Schedule: Thursday, October 8, 2020, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Richard Alley,Falling dominoes? Ice, climate, sea level and our future
Question and Answer
Closing Remarks: Ian Howat