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 2016 Thompson Lecture Series

Richard Seager:
Dr. Seager is the Palisades Geophysical Institute/Lamont Research Professor at Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. After undergraduate studies at Liverpool University in England he came to the United States in 1983 completing his PhD at Columbia in 1990. After a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Washington he returned to Lamont to stay. Professor Seager studies climate variability and change on seasonal to glacial-interglacial timescales. Using climate models, instrumental records and proxy reconstructions, he has studied the causes of droughts, floods and pluvials in recent decades and throughout the past millennium, the physical processes that couple the atmosphere to the ocean and land surface and the impact of agricultural practices on climate. Much of his work examines how global hydroclimate will change in the near term future as a consequence of rising greenhouse gases, with a special focus on semi-arid regions such as southwest North America, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, including some attention to social and environmental impacts.

Monday April 4th - Wednesday April 6th 2016

Science Lecture:
Monday, April 4, 2016 - 11:00 a.m. @ Mesa Lab Main Seminar Room
The California Drought
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General Lecture:
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 11:00 a.m. @ Foothills Lab 2, Large Auditorium
Global Decadal Hydroclimate Variability in Observations and Models
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Group Photo with Ruth DeFriesGroup photo with Ulrike Lohmann of ETH, Zürich

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