Published on Mar 18, 2013
Director, Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science; Professor, Environmental Earth System Science, School of Earth Sciences; Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Department of Biology; Faculty Director, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
In recent years, extreme weather and climate events have taken many lives and caused billions of dollars in economic losses. Professor Field will discuss how climate change is altering the number and severity of extreme events, how social and environmental factors interact with weather and climate events to create disasters, and what can be done to make societies more resilient to extremes. Since 2008, Field has been co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II, which addresses impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. He was lead editor of the IPCC special report on “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation,” issued in March 2012.