October 20 , 2006

Conference Will Explore Impact of Climate Change in Alabama

"...' There is really no debate in the scientific community that climactic changes are occurring in the southeastern U. S. and in Alabama itself'..."

riverWhat does climate change have to do with beach real estate along the Gulf Coast?  With Alabama’s water supply as a whole?  How does Alabama’s changing climate impact public health and agriculture?

National and local experts will address these questions and others as they explore the impact of Alabama’s changing climate at Samford University’s Christenberry Sciencenter on Saturday, November 4.  Samford University’s Vulcan Materials Center for Environmental Stewardship and Education is hosting the Alabama Environmental Education Consortium’s (ALEEC) Fall conference on “Climate Change and Alabama:  Prospects and Options,” a free-admission conference. 

Conference topics will include:

  • Impact of Climate Change on Alabama’s Water Resources,
  • Potential Effects of Climate Change on Alabama’s Plant and Agricultural Life, and
  • Climate Change and the Real Estate Sector: Uncertainties, Impact on Insurance, and Future Development Trends.                             

Conference speakers will include Judith Curry, Chair, School of Earth and Atmospheric Science at Georgia Tech; Jason Kirby of UAB’s department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering; and Larry Davenport, Samford University Plant Taxonomist.

Paul Blanchard, director of the Vulcan Materials Center for Environmental Stewardship and Education, said “this conference presents timely and weighty issues by some of the best energy experts the region and the country has to offer.  There is really no debate in the scientific community that climactic changes are occurring in the southeastern U. S. and in Alabama itself.  The ALEEC program is set up expressly for multilateral cooperation among a wide selection of universities for just this purpose—to have public exposure to the latest research and thought on these issues.”

“Climate Change and Alabama:  Prospects and Options,” will be held in the Christenberry Sciencenter on the Samford campus on Saturday, November 4.  The conference is free and open to the public.  For more information on the conference, call (205) 726-4246.

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