Top climate-change expert to speak on UGA campus

Top climate-change expert to speak on UGA campus

Athens, Ga. – Susan Solomon, chief scientist in charge of climate-change research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will deliver the annual Chemistry Alumni Lecture on the University of Georgia campus Friday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m.

Solomon’s lecture, which will be in room 430 of the Chemistry Building on UGA’s South Campus, is titled “A Tale for Our Times: Climate Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.”

The lecture, which is open free to the public, is part of the annual Chemistry Alumni Appreciation Lecture and Dinner. The department of chemistry is part of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

Solomon is widely recognized as one of the world’s leaders in the field of atmospheric science. She is known for pioneering the theory explaining how and why the ozone hole occurs in the winter over Antarctica, and she obtained some of the first experimental measurements that helped to establish that chlorofluorocarbons are its cause.

She is a recipient of numerous prizes including the prestigious Blue Planet Prize of the Asahi Foundation in Japan. Solomon is a member of the U. S. National Academy of Sciences and a Foreign Associate of the French Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society and the European Academy of Sciences. Her current research includes climate change, ozone depletion and the links between them.

She served as co-chair of Working Group 1 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and was involved in the 2007 comprehensive scientific assessment of climate change for the public and for policymakers. In 2008, the IPCC and Albert Gore Jr., received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Solomon was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2008.