UCSD Students Presenting Latest Ocean Research At UN Climate Conference
The devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillippines has become a rallying cry at the U.N. Climate talks taking place this week in Poland. Climate change experts from around the globe are making pleas that world leaders take seriously the threat of more dangerous storms and rising sea levels.
Ten graduate students from Scripps Institution of Oceanography will be witnessing this international process and participating in presenting research during the conference.
“The ocean plays a critical role in mitigating climate change, absorbing over 90 percent of the heat trapped by greenhouse gases emitted by fossil fuel combustion, and takes up about 25 percent of our carbon emissions every year. However, it remains a rare topic of discussion in the international climate policy forum,” said Yassir Eddebbar, a Scripps Ph.D. student who is co-organizing a presentation on “Climate Change and the World’s Oceans” with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the U.S. State Department.
Communicating observed changes to the world’s ocean is very important to the policy community, especially for setting science-based adaptation strategies and mitigation targets,” he said.
You can get up-to-date information on the conference through a blog run by Ocean Scientists For Informed Policy, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.