Thompson Lecture Series

In 1998 ASP established the "Thompson Lecture Series," named in honor of Phil Thompson who founded the Advanced Study Program and was NCAR's first associate director. Under this program, prominent scientists are brought to NCAR for short visits that promote interaction between them and the postdoctoral fellows and other junior scientists at NCAR. In addition to presenting formal lectures, the Thompson Lecturers listen to briefings on the research being conducted by ASP Fellows and comment and provide advice on those research projects. They also meet with groups of scientists to discuss some more general topics, provide career advice, and offer their perspectives on scientific trends and priorities.

First Lecturer of the 2014 Thompson Lecture Series

Ruth DeFries - Columbia University:
Ruth DeFries’ research examines human transformation of the landscape and its consequences for climate, biogeochemical cycling, biodiversity, and other ecosystem services that make our planet habitable. The work is based on the premise that land use change involves tradeoffs between human necessities such as food and unintended environmental consequences such as greenhouse gas emissions and habitat loss. A particular focus is tropical deforestation and its impacts on atmospheric carbon emissions and conservation. The research analyzes land use changes over broad scales through the lens of satellite observations. She is actively involved in linking scientific information into policy decisions.

Wednesday April 16th - Friday April 18th 2014

First Lecture:
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 3:30 p.m. @ Mesa Lab, Main Seminar Room
Remote Sensing of Land Use Processes: Beyond Patterns of Land Cover
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Second Lecture:
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 11:00 a.m. @ Foothills Lab 2, Large Auditorium
Tropical Land Use in an Urban World
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Group Photo with Ruth DeFriesGroup photo with Ruth DeFries of Columbia University

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