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UNH to Host High-Profile Public Discussion, Lecture on Global Climate Change
By David Sims
Science Writer
Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
(603) 862-5369

October 9, 2007

DURHAM, N.H. -- The president of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), noted atmospheric scientist Ralph Cicerone, will discuss climate change and its human causes in a free public lecture at the University of New Hampshire beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, October 19. The public is also invited to engage in a panel discussion preceding the lecture at which scientists will discuss the future of Earth and space science.

Among the panelists is Berrien Moore III, director of the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space and former chair of the National Academies Committee on International Space Programs of the Space Studies Board, the latter of which is co-sponsoring the event.

Says Moore, "Understanding global climate change requires a planetary perspective. Consequently, space-based observing systems focused on this challenge will be part of the lives of people for centuries to come."

The UNH event is the second in a yearlong series of public lectures and colloquia being presented around the country by the NAS Space Studies Board. Entitled "Forging the Future of Space Science," the purpose of the series is to examine new discoveries in space science and look ahead at what the next 50 years will bring.

The series takes advantage of the 50th anniversary of the International Geophysical Year (IGY) of 1957-58 - the beginning of the Space Age - to engage with the public and the scientific community to assess achievements from the past 50 years and look forward to the next half century of space and Earth science discoveries, including the space-based observation and study of our changing planet.

Both events are free and open to the public and will be held Friday, October 19 in the Great Bay Room of the New England Center in Durham. The panel discussion, "The Future of Space Science: The Sun-Earth Connection," runs from 3 -5 p.m. The lecture by Ralph Cicerone, "Global Climate Change and Human Causes," begins at 8 p.m.

For more information about the series visit