Distinguished Visitor: Stephen H. Schneider

THE BREN SCHOOL OF Environmental Science & Management
at the University of California, Santa Barbara


Stephen H. Schneider
Department of Biological Sciences

Stanford University

Monday, Oct. 27, 2008
5:30 - 6:45 p.m.
Broida Hall 1610


"Is the Science of Global Warming Settled Enough for Policy?"


Dr. Schneider is the Inaugural Visitor in

the Zurich Financial Services

Distinguished Visitors Program on Climate Change



Stephen H. Schneider is the Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Professor of Biological Sciences, and a Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. From 1973-1996 he served as a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, where he co-founded the Climate Project. His research focuses on climate-change science, integrated assessment of ecological and economic impacts of human-induced climate change, and identifying viable climate policies and technological solutions. He has consulted for federal agencies and White House staff in six administrations.

Involved with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1988, he was Coordinating Lead Author, WG II, Chapter 19, "Assessing Key Vulnerabilities and the Risk from Climate Change" and a core writer for the Fourth Assessment Synthesis Report. He, along with four generations of IPCC authors, received a collective Nobel Peace Prize for their joint efforts in 2007. Elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2002, Dr. Schneider received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Westinghouse Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology and a MacArthur Fellowship for integrating and interpreting the results of global climate research.

The founder-editor of Climatic Change, he has authored or co-authored more than 500 books, scientific papers, proceedings, and legislative testimonies; and edited books, chapters, reviews, and editorials. he has been featured in numerous televisions and film productions. Dr. Schneider counsels policy makers, corporate executives, and nonprofit stakeholders about using risk-management strategies in climate-policy decision-making, given the uncertainties in future projections of global climate change and related impacts. He is actively engaged in improving public understanding of science and the environment through extensive media communication and public outreach.



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