CORVALLIS - "Global Warming: What is the Science Telling Us?" will be the focus of a free public lecture at Oregon State University at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, in Weniger Hall Room 149.
Warren Washington, director of the Climate and Global Dynamics Division at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., will explore evidence of climate changes and the scientific basis for why the climate system should be warming.
Many researchers are concerned about changes in global climate, including the possibility of raising temperatures. Washington will also display new computer model results showing the effect of human-generated atmospheric aerosols.
A Portland, Ore., native, Washington received his master's degree in meteorology from OSU in 1964 and his doctorate in meteorology from Pennsylvania State University.
He is being honored this year with OSU's E.B. Lemon Alumni Award - the highest honor of the OSU Alumni Association.
A pioneer in computer modeling to assess climate change, Washington is one of 16 scientists honored in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry's exhibit of Black Achievers in Science.
Washington is a consultant and adviser to a number of government officials and committees on climate-system modeling. Washington was a member of the Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board from 1990 to 1993 and has been on the Secretary of Energy's Health and Environmental Research Advisory Committee since 1990.