Climate Change Lecture

Sat, Sep 29
  • Presented By: Yale Club of Utah
  • at: Salt Lake City Public Library (Main Branch)
  • 210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
The Fate of Utah hangs in the balance as our atmosphere continues to warm due to the emission of CO2, Methane, and Nitrous Oxide. Climate Change is no longer a theoretical research question. It is here and we are dealing with the consequences that will only increase in their severity and frequency. Weather extremes are evident, spawning increased rainfall intensities, violent storm activity, enhanced drought conditions, and prolonged heat waves. For Utah, the warming is evidenced by less frequent, but more intense winter storms. Additionally, Utah\'s water supply is in jeopardy as our snow hydrology is evolving into a rain driven hydrology during the meteorological winter. Areas that are 100% snow covered during the heart of the winter, will be 50% snow covered by 2035 to 2065, only to experience the disappearance of mountain snow by 2100 if we continue down the current path of emitting more and more CO2, Methane, and Nitrous Oxide into the atmosphere.During his presentation, Brian McInerney will go into detail on the spatial and temporal effects of global warming and what this means for Utah.Brian McInerney is the Senior Hydrologist for the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Salt Lake City, Utah, serving in the National Weather Service for 28 years.  He manages the Spring Snowmelt Runoff, Flash Flood, Post Wildfire Debris Flow, and Climate Change programs at the office. He holds a Master's Degree in Hydrology from the University of Montana in Missoula Montana, and an undergraduate degree from St. Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota.  He also completed one year of law school at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, prior to changing career paths to hydrology. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Brian currently resides in Park City, Utah.

Event Info

  • Presented By: Yale Club of Utah
  • Dates: September 29, 2018
  • Location: Salt Lake City Public Library (Main Branch)
  • Address: 210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
  • Time: 2:00 PM to 11:59 PM

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