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CMMAP hosts climate conference for high school students in Denver

March 26, 2010

Warren Washington, an atmospheric science and climate expert who has advised five U.S. presidents, will speak April 9 in Denver at the fourth annual Colorado Global Climate Conference for high school students.

Warren Washington will speak at the Colorado Global Climate Conference at the Colorado Convention Center on Friday, April 9.

CMMAP educates and inspires

The Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes, or CMMAP, a collaboration of 30 entities around the world that is based at CSU’s Department of Atmospheric Science, is hosting the conference for students grades 9-12.

The event is designed to educate, inspire, and empower students to be informed citizens on global climate issues.

Colorado Convention Center

Cost for the conference is $15 in advance or $20 at the event, which will be at the Colorado Convention Center. Support for bus fees and substitute teacher costs are available.

About Warren Washington

Washington is senior scientist and head of the Climate Change Research Section in the Climate and Global Dynamics Division at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. He is an expert in atmospheric science and climate research, and specializes in computer modeling of the earth’s climate.

Washington has advisedfive presidents and the U.S. Department of Energy, and served as a role model to young people. He has published more than 100 papers in professional journals, and is the co-author of the book, “An Introduction to Three-Dimensional Climate Modeling.”

Interactive breakout sessions

Students will register for three breakout sessions in which to participate throughout the day. Sessions offered will address:

  • climate science
  • mitigation and adaptation
  • local/national/international impacts
  • alternative energy
  • how to communicate climate change
  • common misconceptions
  • policy (to name a few)

The breakout sessions are designed to be engaging and interactive.

Logo design contest

The Colorado Global Climate Conference will also hold a special logo design contest. All participating students are encouraged to design a logo that will reflect elements of earth and/or climate. All submissions will be printed and displayed at the conference. Participants and CMMAP leadership will vote for their favorite.

CMMAP is a $19 million National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center that is dedicated to understanding clouds and their role in the global climate system. CMMAP is developing a revolutionary new approach to climate modeling that will help us better understand the roles that clouds play today and in the future as the world’s climate changes.

Contact: Emily Wilmsen
Phone: (970) 491-2336