Letters from the West

Climate scientist Mote will talk at environmental forum

One of the top climate scientists in the world will speak Monday to the Idaho Environmental Forum.

Philip Mote; Director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and Oregon Climate Services, the official state climate office will speak at the luncheon that begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Crystal Ballroom in the Hoff Building. Mote also is a professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University.

He is the lead author of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the 2013 US National Climate Assessment. But it was his work from 2005 to 2014, on the 4th and 5th Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change where he gained international prominence. He was one of the hundreds of scientists with the IPCC who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Mote also served on numerous author teams for the National Research Council. His research effort is aimed on understanding and modeling the type and magnitude of climate change impacts on the Pacific Northwest states at various greenhouse gas levels, how those effects manifest today and in the future, and the opportunities and challenges we have to adapt to and mitigate the causes and effects of human caused climate change.

Mote will discuss the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the 2013 National Climate Assessment, in which he led a group of experts from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho in evaluation of the risks and consequences of a long list of impacts of climate change. These include hydrological changes connected to reduced snowpack, coastal challenges, and forest mortality.

In addition, this talk will cover recent global climate science including the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Synthesis Report in November 2014.

If you want to learn more about how greenhouse gases have already affected our climates and ecosystems and hear one of the top regional scientists talk about what to expect there will be no better opportunity. If you are skeptical you can grill him on why he and the overwhelming majority of scientists have come to their conclusions.