Five Controversies in Climate Science


This two day Symposium will discuss the role of the ocean in linking climate across time - from the seasonal cycle, to interannual variability, to climate change - and in linking climate across space - from the tropics to the poles and back again. Invited talks will provide background and perspective for panel discussions that take on five controversial climate science questions:
(i) What is the relative importance of the thermohaline and wind-driven components of the oceanic circulation to the Earth's climate?
(ii) Do conditions in polar regions determine conditions in the tropics, or vice versa?
(iii) Is a permanent El Niño that changes the planetary albedo possible?
(iv) What tests can records of recurrent Ice Ages provide for climate models?
(v) Why is global warming so polarizing?

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Thursday and Friday, 6 and 7 September 2012.


The Symposium will be held in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall of the Woodrow Wilson School on the Princeton University campus, Princeton, New Jersey.


Symposium attendance is free of charge, but registration is required (deadline 3 August 2012). Wonderful hotel arrangements are also available with a similar deadline. A subsidized fee will be charged for the Symposium banquet, which will be held in Prospect house, University campus on Thursday evening, 6 September 2012.

Student Support:

We are requesting support for, and thus expect to offer, 15 travel scholarships for graduate students to be able to attend this Symposium (apply on the registration and travel scholarship pages). Note the 22 June 2012 deadline for the scholarships.

Come join us for a wonderful occasion and a splendid reason to see fall in Princeton!