||2013 Keynote speaker, Dr. Chris Field, addresses the conference at Harveys Lake Tahoe.
Additional conference speakers will be announced soon.
Scheduled topics include:
• Emphasis on climate change, specifically how government and individuals are dealing with the issues
• El Nino and what it portends for drought and snowfall
• Rain forest and polar ice cap updates
• Extreme weather disaster planning and preparedness
2015 OSS Speakers:
Dr. James Hansen
Adjunct Professor, Earth Institute, Columbia University
Dr. James Hansen, formerly Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's Earth Institute, where he directs a program in Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions. He was trained in physics and astronomy in the space science program of Dr. James Van Allen at the University of Iowa. His early research on the clouds of Venus helped identify their composition as sulfuric acid. Since the late 1970s, he has focused his research on Earth's climate, especially human-made climate change. Dr. Hansen is best known for his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in the 1980s that helped raise broad awareness of the global warming issue. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1995 and was designated by Time Magazine in 2006 as one of the 100 most influential people on Earth. He has received numerous awards including the Carl-Gustaf Rossby and Roger Revelle Research Medals, the Sophie Prize and the Blue Planet Prize. Dr. Hansen is recognized for speaking truth to power, for identifying ineffectual policies as greenwash, and for outlining actions that the public must take to protect the future of young people and other life on our planet.
Climate Scientist and Oceanographer, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Josh Willis is a climate scientist and oceanographer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. He is the lead NASA scientist on the Jason mission, which measure sea level rise from space. He has done groundbreaking research on sea level rise and changes in the world's oceans that result from human caused climate change. Dr. Willis has received numerous awards for his research, including a Presidential Award for Early Career Scientists and Engineers, presented by President Obama in 2010. Dr. Willis also loves to communicate with the public about global warming. He is a graduate of the Second City Hollywood Improv program and uses comedy to communicate about climate change to broader audiences. Although he loves making people laugh, he has not yet quit his day job.
Climate Journalist, Science Writer, Speaker, and Professional Adventurer
In 2008, Bernice became the first woman to reach the North, South, and Cold Pole, (in Siberia) and she has traversed Greenland's icecap on skis in one year. In April 2014, Bernice Notenboom, Eric Philips and Martin Hartley skied from the geographical North Pole to Canada to show the world how precious, beautiful yet how fragile the Arctic is. The objective of this expedition was to reach the general public and ignite a greater sense of appreciation and admiration for the North Pole and the urgency to protect it through their new film, The Artic March. They also developed a North Pole academy - an intense workshop to learn about stakeholders of the Arctic. Also, Bernice was the presenter/co-producer of Tipping Points, a 6 x 1 hour series about tipping points in our climate system for The Weather Channel in the United States, and broadcasters in Canada, Australia, Germany, Japan and Holland. The series aired in fall 2013.
Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NOAA
Greg Carbin is the WCM at the NOAA, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, Oklahoma. Since 1996, Greg has performed in a variety of operational forecast capacities at the SPC. Prior to starting his career with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1993, Greg worked in the private sector in New York and Vermont. He earned a B.S. degree in Meteorology from Lyndon State College in 1985 and has completed some graduate course work at the University of Oklahoma while an employee of the NWS. He is a 2011 graduate of the U.S. Department of Commerce Executive Leadership Development Program.
Greg is considered one of NOAA's leading experts on tornadoes and severe thunderstorm forecasting. He has appeared in major national and international media and has been interviewed extensively on topics from atmospheric science to the historical context of recent tornado outbreaks. Greg maintains the national tornado database as part of his duties at SPC and develops web-based content from this information when not working operational shifts, reviewing papers, or writing code.
Greg currently serves as a Councilor for the National Weather Association and is also Chair of the Association's Professional Development Committee. He was recently selected to serve on the Committee on Effective Communication of Weather and Climate Information, on the Board of Enterprise Communication, for the American Meteorological Society.