As international, national and local targets for greenhouse gas emissions are discussed and implemented, how well do we know if the targets are being met?
MSRI and Berkeley City College will host “Verifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” 7 p.m., Wed., Nov. 6, with Dr. Inez Fung, in Berkeley City College’s auditorium, 2050 Center St., Berkeley. The lecture is part of “Not on the Test: The Pleasures and Uses of Mathematics” series of lectures sponsored by the Simons Foundation (www.simonsfoundation.org) and co-presented by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and Berkeley City College. Dr. Fung will demonstrate how data assimilation techniques merge observations with climate change models to test similarity between “bottom-up” reported emissions and “top-down” estimates inferred from their atmospheric signatures. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Please note that seating in the auditorium is limited and you must present a ticket at the door to ensure your admission. Please RSVP to obtain your ticket: go to http://inezfung.bpt.me.
Dr. Fung is professor of atmospheric science in UC Berkeley’s earth and planetary science and environmental science, policy and management departments. She has studied climate change for 20 years and has created large-scale mathematical modeling approaches and numerical models to represent the geographic and temporal variations of CO2sources, dust and other trace substances around the globe. She leads the HydroWatch Project, a multidisciplinary endeavor in one of UC’s Natural Reserves which uses cutting-edge technology to track the life-cycle of water. She also is on the science team of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, a new satellite that will measure the abundance of CO2 over the earth.
Dr. Fung received a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics and a doctorate in meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1998 as the first Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences. She is founding director of the Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center and of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment.
In 2005, Dr. Fung was named one the “Scientific American 50” and in 2006 received the World Technology Network Award for the Environment. She is a contributing author to the IPCC (spell out IPCC) Assessment Reports, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Vice President Al Gore.
All remaining MSRI-BCC lectures will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesdays in BCC’s auditorium, 2050 Center St. between Shattuck Ave. and Milvia St., on Feb. 12, Mar. 12, and Apr. 9. For details about lecturers and the series, please visit www.msri.org/events/nott.