THU, OCT 30, 2008
Geochemist Daniel Schrag argues that climate change is actually far worse than people are led to believe. Locally, he suggests a feasible project to raise the height of the Charles River Dam, providing Boston with additional protection in the event of future storm flooding and sea-level rise. On the global level, he has cautiously endorsed the study of “geoengineering”: schemes to mitigate or reverse global warming.
This lecture is part of the 2008 IDEAS Boston conference.
– BIO: Daniel Schrag
Daniel Schrag is the Director of Harvard’s Center for the Environment and is a professor of Earth and planetary sciences at Harvard University. Schrag, who studies climate and climate change over the broadest range of Earth’s history, has examined changes in ocean circulation over the last several decades, with particular attention to El Nino and the tropical Pacific.
He also has worked on theories for Pleistocene ice-age cycles including a better determination of ocean temperatures during the Last Glacial Maximum, 20,000 years ago. Currently he is working with economists and engineers on technological approaches to mitigating future climate change. Schrag received a PhD in geology from the University of California at Berkeley.