The way the media reports on global warming, the public might consider the issue of global warming as settled—humans are the culprits because of their greenhouse gas emissions, notably carbon dioxide. However, there is still considerable scientific debate on this issue and the number of skeptical scientists, who are now willing to speak out on this subject, continues to grow. This skepticism comes from a number of scientific angles that will be discussed, such as, putting current climate changes in a historical perspective, examining global temperature variations in conjunction with solar activity, relating changes to large scale oscillations in circulation patterns, considering the somewhat limited role of man-made carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas, and knowing the very large uncertainties of climate model predictions. Dr. James Koermer will present his opinions on global warming Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 3:45 p.m.in Boyd 001.
Prior to coming to Plymouth State, Dr. James Koermer served as a meteorologist in the Air Force for 20 years. During that period, he held a variety of positions, including that of Assistant Chief of the Numerical Modeling and Statistical Applications Division at the Headquarters of the Air Weather Service. He also served as the Chief of the Technical Development Branch at the Air Force Global Weather Central, where he was responsible for all Air Force meteorological modeling and applications activities. His last military position was as the Program Manager for Atmospheric Science, where he managed all of the Air Force’s basic research activities in meteorology. During his Air Force career, he also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor, teaching graduate courses on modeling and dynamics at both St. Louis University and Creighton University. For the last 20 years, Professor Koermer has been on the faculty at Plymouth State University, served as Chair of the Natural Science Department and has been the Principal Investigator on over $3M of research projects at PSU. He has been the Director of the Judd Gregg Meteorology Institute, since its inception in 2004 and is currently the Graduate Coordinator of the M.S. Program in Applied Meteorology. Dr. Koermer was one of hundreds of skeptical scientists, who provided testimony to a U.S. Senate Subcommittee examining the issue of Global Warming.
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