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Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Students' Distinguished Visiting Lecture 2016
Kane Hall Room 220, Seattle Campus

Please join the Department of Atmospheric Sciences for the

2016 Graduate Students'
Distinguished Visiting Atmospheric Scientist Lecture

Thursday, April 7, 2016, 7:30 PM
Kane Hall, Room 220, University of Washington, Seattle Campus

El Niño, and the Rise of the Pacific as Global Climate Pacemaker

Presented by
Shang-Ping Xie

Professor of Climate Science and
Roger Revelle Chair in Environmental Science
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego

Prof. Shang-Ping Xie

About the Lecture:

When Charles Darwin stepped on the Galapagos of the eastern Pacific in 1835, he saw “an arid volcanic soil” and leafless vegetation. Unknown to Darwin is that every few years, rain storms of El Niño transform the islands into a lush landscape. El Niño effects are far-reaching, causing droughts that keep wild fires raging for months in Indonesia and driving the storm track from the Pacific Northwest to California. Prolonged cooling of the tropical Pacific temporarily slowed down global surface warming in the early 21st century while atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration has continued to rise, exceeding 400 ppm for the first time since Homo sapiens walked the Earth. The lecture surveys the scientific advances that transformed our view of the equatorial Pacific from a remote ocean to the great pacemaker of global climate.

Additional information about the speaker can be found at

Cost:  The lecture is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To ensure seating at the lecture, please register online today at

This public lecture is sponsored by the Department of Atmospheric Sciences.

Time: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
University of Washington
Kane Hall, Room 220
Seattle, WA 98195
United States

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