Society's Growing Vulnerability to Natural Hazards and Implications for Weather and Climate Research

Recent natural hazards around the world have raised our awareness of our vulnerability, challenged our scientific understanding and questioned our ability to predict and prepare for such events. This lecture will take some recent examples and use them to explore the implications for the research agenda in weather and climate modeling and prediction, and in how to translate our predictions into advice, products and services that address user needs.

Julia Slingo, Ph.D., took up the post of chief scientist in the United Kingdom"s Met Office in February 2009. Prior to that, she was the director of climate research in the U.K. Natural Environment Research Council"s National Centre for Atmospheric Science, a post she held at the University of Reading, where she continues to serve as a professor of meteorology. In 2006, she founded the Walker Institute for Climate System Research at Reading, aimed at addressing the cross-disciplinary challenges of climate change and its impacts.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Environment and Society, Shell Center for Sustainability, the British Consulate-General Houston, and the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program. Lunch will be provided by CSES for those who RSVP. To reserve your seat, please send your name to

Speaker Kirstin Matthews

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Fri, Feb. 3, 2012
noon - 1:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago