Come learn about the University of Michigan's newly expanded Applied Climate Master’s Degree Program, which focuses on bridging the gap between science and practitioners in the climate change field.
Led by Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences (AOSS) Professor Ricky Rood, this new program brings Engineering students together with staff and practitioners associated with the Graham Sustainability Institute’s Climate Center to learn how critical skills taught in the program are being applied to on-the-ground decision making.
There is a widely recognized need for science translation and expert evaluation in the climate change field. Rood, who has written extensively about the role of the climate science in informing practitioners’ decision making, considers this program an excellent opportunity to address this need and to provide students with an opportunity to engage with climate scientists who are actively playing the role of information broker.
For its part, the U-M Climate Center, which is home to the NOAA-funded Great Lakes Sciences and Assessments (GLISA), will provide timely, practical projects that the students will work on as part of their required course work. Examples of the applied climate projects include: providing guidance on Representative Concentration Pathways (RCMs), studying the Midwest warming hole, developing a Great Lakes climate model ensemble, and improving the coupling of land-lake data sets for adaptation decision making.
The program, which was launched this past fall, is being offered through the U-M’s AOSS Department in the College of Engineering. Currently, there are eight students enrolled in the Applied Climate Program. The hope is that over the next several years the program will grow, and potentially expand to include a certification curriculum as well.
For students and faculty wishing to learn more about the Applied Climate Program, an Open House will be held on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 5 p.m. at the Graham Sustainability Institute at 214 S. State Street. The event will include remarks from several engaged faculty, students, and applied climate professionals.
FREE PIZZA will be served. Please RSVP to Sandra Pytlinski, AOSS Graduate Student Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.