Join leading climate scientist Alan Betts from Atmospheric Research in Pittsford, VT for a special lecture and discussion about how global climate change is affecting New England, and review the transformation of society that is underway despite current political opposition. In his talk, Betts will explore the question, “What are our responsibilities to the Earth?”. This event is free and open to the public.
Co-Sponsored by Department of Geology and Geography, Department of Environmental Studies, The Science Center, and Miller Worley Center for the Environment.
Alan Betts Ph.D.
Alan Betts of Atmospheric Research in Pittsford is Vermont’s leading climate scientist. He is a frequent speaker on climate change issues around the state of Vermont and has worked on climate change adaptation planning for Vermont. He is a Weekly Planet columnist for the Sunday Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus, and has been a commentator for Vermont Public Radio.
Betts is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the Royal Meteorological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a past-president of the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering (VASE). He is the author or co-author of more than 170 reviewed papers in the scientific literature. He was the AMS Robert E. Horton Lecturer in Hydrology in 2004; and the AMS Jule Charney Award winner in 2007. In 2016, Betts was the first recipient of the Bert Bolin Award from the American Geophysical Union Global Environmental Change Focus Group.
Atmospheric Research was established in Vermont in 1979. Its mission is to understand the earth’s weather and climate, to develop improved earth system models and to help society understand the deep challenge that global climate change presents to humanity.