University of Hawaii hosts APEC Climate Symposium, October 17-20

University of Hawaiʻi
Gisela Speidel, (808) 956-9252
Outreach Specialist, International Pacific Research Center, UH Manoa
June-Yi Lee, (808) 956-7544
Assistant Researcher, International Pacific Research Center, UH Manoa
Posted: Oct 13, 2011

HONOLULU (October 13, 2011) - As part of the 2011 APEC activities in Honolulu, the APEC Climate Center is holding its annual symposium at the East West Center's Keoni Auditorium, October 17-20. The local host for the symposium is the University of Hawai‘i and the International Pacific Research Center (IPRC), the climate center at UH Mānoa's School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology.
More than 50 climate scientists from around the Pacific Rim, including scientists from the IPRC and the UH Mānoa Department of Meteorology, will present their current knowledge on such concerns as natural climate swings; the climate change to be expected over this century due to global warming; the accuracy of short-term and long-term climate predictions; the impact of climate change on agriculture, water resource management; and climate and energy.
The opening ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, with remarks by Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz, APEC Climate Center Director Dr. Chin-Seung Chung and IPRC Director Kevin Hamilton.
Rosina Bierbaum, dean of University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment and author of several reports and books on climate change and the mitigation of climate change impacts, will be the keynote speaker (9:40 to 10:10 am).
The media and the public are welcome to attend the first three days of the symposium. See the symposium program for topics and scheduled speakers.
NOTE TO MEDIA: Any journalists who wish to set up interviews with presenters at the symposium may contact:
The International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, is a climate research center founded to gain greater understanding of the climate system and the nature and causes of climate variation in the Asia-Pacific region and how global climate changes may affect the region. Established under the "U.S.-Japan Common Agenda for Cooperation in Global Perspective" in October 1997, the IPRC is a collaborative effort between agencies in Japan and the United States.