Earlier this month, the Cornell University Climate Change Seminar wrapped up for the semester, after a total of 12 talks from climate change experts at Cornell and visiting experts from New York University and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Topics covered included the science of climate change and climate change models, the implications for agriculture, ecosystems, and food systems, as well as important topics in economic, ethics, and policy insights on the climate change. The seminar was organized and co-sponsored by the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture, and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Plans are in the works to continue the series in the spring of 2017. Talks and abstracts can be viewed on the seminar website, and by clicking on the flyer to the right.
Please join us for the opening reception of this exhibit on Thursday, May 5, from 4:00 – 5:30 PM on the Second floor of Mann Library on Cornell’s campus. In attendance will be: Dale Stein (Stein Farms), Paul King (Six Mile Creek Vineyards), Glenn Evans (Cornell Agricultural Experiment Station) and Allison Chatrchyan of the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture (CICCA).
This is a multimedia exhibit, with both photos and video footage from our new Cornell climate smart farming program: climatesmartfarming.org
The CSF program works with Cornell researchers, extension specialists, and New York State farmers to co-develop tools that increase resiliency, reduce risk, and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector. This exhibit showcases this unique collaboration, highlighting stories of farmers’ experiences with extreme weather and climate change and the important adaptations they are making through new cropping systems and varieties, improved water and waste management, and the installation of renewable energy systems.
For more information about the climate smart farming program of the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture at the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, please visit climatesmartfarming.org.
The “Climate Smart Farming” exhibit is part of Mann Library’s year-long special programming series on climate change launched in fall 2015. For more information about current and upcoming events, please visit mannlib.cornell.edu/events-exhibits. The exhibit will be up from May-August 2016, and there will be a second event with the exhibit and a special talk with Dr. Toby Ault on Friday, June 10, 2016 at 10:00am.
Dr. Joana Chan, CICCA Postdoctoral Research Associate, recently traveled to San Francisco for the National American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, where she presented research on “Agricultural Resilience to Climate Change in the Northeast.”
This research was conducted in 2015, in partnership with the USDA Northeast Climate Hub and Pennsylvania State University, and involved operating three regional research projects to lay the groundwork for facilitating agricultural resiliency to climate change in the Northeast. The poster presented by Dr. Chan, was created by Cornell University and Penn State, and outlines and integrates findings from the Northeast Climate Change and Agriculture Vulnerability Assessment, Regional Research & Extension Capacity Survey, and Literature Review of Agricultural Stakeholder Views to identify priority research and Extension needs.
The Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture (CICCA) and the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (ACSF) have created a class/seminar series on climate change, entitled “Cornell University Climate Change Seminar, Perspectives on the Climate Change Challenge.” This seminar gives students and any other attendees the opportunity to hear climate change experts speak on their research, perspectives, and recommendations regarding the challenges that climate change poses.
Dale Jamieson, Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy at NYU, will begin the series on Monday, February 8 with his talk: “Climate Change at the Frontiers of Ethics.” Seminars will occur every Monday (excluding university holidays) until May 9, and are held at 3:35 PM in 233 Plant Science on the Cornell University campus. This event is listed as BEE 2000 in the Cornell course registry, but is also FREE and open to the public, and can be accessed via WebEx for distance participation here.
Other talks are listed below:
- Art DeGeatano: The Science and Impacts of Climate Change (Feb 22)
- Toby Ault: Long-term Climate Perspectives, Mega Drought and Seasonal Forecasts (Feb 29)
- Peter Hess: Short Versus Long-loved Forcers of Climate Change (Mar 7)
- Natalie Mahowald: Land Use and Climate Change (Mar 14)
- Allison Chatrchyan, Robert Howarth, Johannes Lehmann, Karen Pinkus: Cornell Perspectives from COP21 in Paris (Mar 21)
- Scott Steinschneider: Planning Our Water Resources Systems for a Changing Climate (Apr 4)
- Christine Goodale (Climate Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems (Apr 11)
- David Wolfe: Climate Change and the Future of Food (Apr 18)
- Katherine McComas: Communicating Climate Change (Apr 25)
- Linda Mearns: Simulating the Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture and Adaptation Planning (May 2)
- Ravi Kanbur: Climate Justice: Economics and Philosophy (May 9)
Please consider joining us for these weekly events, and contact us with any questions you may have!
CICCA’s Climate Smart Farming (CSF) team will be presenting at PASA’s (Pennsylvania Action for Sustainable Agriculture) 25th Annual Farming for the Future Conference at the end of this week.
The 2016 conference runs from February 3rd to 6th and will be held at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA. This is the largest sustainable agriculture conference in the East, and convenes over 2,000 farmers, processors, consumers, students, environmentalists, and business and community leaders every year. The theme of “Farming in a Changing Climate” this year reflects the ever-increasing impact of climate change on agricultural systems, and the need to raise awareness of best management practices for mitigation and adaptation.
The CSF team is excited to be involved with the conference, and talks to be given by team members and affiliates are listed below:
- Art DeGeatano (Director, Cornell’s Northeast Regional Climate Center) will be giving a workshop with Dan Dostie (USDA-NRCS Climate Hub) from 8:30 AM to 9:50 AM on Friday, February 5th entitled: “Northeast Climate Change Impact Projections & Planning Considerations for Selecting Adaptation Practices”
- Allison Chatrchyan and Mike Hoffman (CSF Program Founders, and Director and Executive Director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Change) will be giving a workshop from 4:10 PM to 5:30 PM on Friday, February 5th entitled: “Impacts, Opportunities & Adaptations: Climate-Smart Farming in the Northeast”
Please consider joining us at these events in State College, and contact us for more information if needed!