Visit to the National Center for Atmospheric Research (Colorado)

Round-table discussion with climate scientists

This past October Fr. Bob Dueweke visited the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. The purpose for visiting this facility and its scientists was to learn more about climate change and how the mission of Augustinians International might realign its focus and energy. Questions that guided this visit were as follows:

–How does one, who is not a professional scientist, stay up to date with the current research in climate science?

— I am familiar with the IPCC’s Assessment Reports and books by Elizabeth Kolbert, Benjamin Barber, Jeremy Jackson, Steve Chapple, and Dahr Jamail, to mention a few. I recently explored NCAR’s online library link, but is it open to the public? The University of Michigan has a wealth of materials in line with the SDGs. Are there other recommended resources?

Fr. Bob at NCAR

–What and where are the areas on the planet most sensitive to climate change? How is it detected? Is that area atmospheric, oceanic, or land-based?

–There are many programs of data collection on the Internet for the so-called citizen scientist. Are these valid programs to participate in?

–I am interested in knowing more about “Rising Voices” and collaboration with Indigenous communities affected by sea level rise and other impacts due to climate change. Collaboration with indigenous communities/local knowledge is a constant concern at UN conversations.

–What political entities have benefited from NCAR’s research in developing policy?

Fr. Bob with senior scientist Joe Tribbia

Hopefully, we will be able to continue this important conversation on climate change.

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