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UNH and Boston's Museum of Science Present Lecture Series on 'Understanding Climate Change'
BOSTON, MA -- A lecture series on climate change research at Boston's Museum of Science will feature University of New Hampshire researchers.

The first of four lectures is Wednesday, May 5, at 7 p.m. with "Climate Surprises in the Past and Their Relevance Today" presented by Paul Mayewski, director of the UNH Climate Change Research Center of the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space (EOS).

The series is free and open to the public.

Mayewski will offer insight into how natural climate can change rapidly and dramatically as well as the interplay between this change and the change produced by human activity. He will discuss how ice cores provide a virtual "time machine" for viewing changes in past climate and changes in the chemistry of the atmosphere.

The series continues Wednesday, May 12, with "Extreme Weather Events in New England's Changing Climate." Barry Keim, assistant professor of geography and New Hampshire state climatologist, will be the featured speaker.

The presentation by Keim, who works within the Climate Change Research Center, will celebrate the variety in New England weather, while focusing on the mechanisms that control the regional climate. Keim will address the many extreme weather events in the area and how their frequency and magnitude may change in the future.

Wednesday, May 19, Berrien Moore III, director of the UNH Institute for the Study of Moore will explain how the increase over the last 200 years in the concentration of carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere reflect changes in the breakdown rate of organic carbon versus the production of organic carbon -- virtually altering the pattern of "dust to dust."

The final lecture, "Climate Change Impacts in New England," will be presented Wednesday, May 26, by Barry Rock, director of the UNH Complex Systems Research Center, also located within EOS.

Rock will provide examples of potential climate change impacts to the New England region, including physical climate change, such as the ice storm of 1998, changing seasonal dynamics and flooding events, as well as chemical climate changes such as air quality. The focus of the lecture will be on the likely biological impacts of climate change and the importance of public education and outreach to the region.

The "Understanding Climate Change" lecture series is presented by the Museum of Science in collaboration with the UNH Climate Change Research Center and is sponsored in part by the Lowell Institute.

For more information, call 617-723-2500 or 617-589-0417 (TTY). Seating is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

In conjunction with the lecture series, dinner is available before each lecture (at 5:30 p.m.) in the Skyline Room, overlooking the Boston and Cambridge skylines. The cost is $32, $30 for children 3-11 or seniors 65+; $28 for members, $26 for children 3-11 or seniors 65+. Groups rates are available. For information on the dinner or for reservations, call the Museum of Science Group and Function Sales Department at 617-589-0125.

By Carmelle Druchniak, (603) 862-1460
UNH News Bureau
Carole McFall, (617) 589-0257