The Adler Planetarium is hosting its 5th installment of the Kavli Fulldome Lecture series this May. Dr. Daniel Schrag will discuss how the history of Earth and its neighboring planets provide hints of how "Our Planetary Experiment" might unfold. Take advantage of this incredible opportunity for Uniview users and bring the lecture to your dome via Uniview Domecast.
Lecture DetailsPresenter: Dr. Daniel P. Schrag
Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Title: "Our Planetary Experiment"
Time: 12:00 CDT (Uniview 3.0 only) & 19:30 CDT (Uniview 2.0.27 and YouTube 360 only)
*The lecture at 19:30 will also be available in Spanish!
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About the Lecture
The increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide due to burning coal, oil and gas represents an unprecedented experiment on the planet Earth. We don’t know exactly how the experiment will unfold, but the history of Earth and its neighboring planets provide hints of what’s to come: Over the next few decades, Earth’s atmosphere will return to a state not seen for millions of years.
The geologic record raises many questions that climate science has yet to answer, and these surprises may expose our greatest vulnerabilities. Taken together, the evidence suggests that the coming century will test the human species like never before, challenging our ingenuity and capacity for innovation as we strive to fend off a global catastrophe.
About Dr. Schrag
Daniel Schrag is the Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at Harvard University, and director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment. He also is co-director of the Program on Science, Technology, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Dan’s interests include climate change, energy technology, and energy policy. He has studied climate change over the broadest range of Earth’s history, including how climate change and the chemical evolution of the atmosphere influenced the evolution of life in the past, and what steps might be taken to prepare for impacts of climate change in the future. He helped to develop the hypothesis that the Earth experienced a series of extreme glaciations, called “Snowball Earths,” that may have stimulated a rise in atmospheric oxygen and the proliferation of multicellular animals. He is also interested in how we can use climate events in the geologic past to understand our current climate challenges. Dan has worked on a range of issues in energy technology and policy, including advanced technologies for low-carbon transportation fuel, carbon capture and storage, and risks and opportunities of shale gas. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2000. From 2009-2017, he served on President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), contributing to many reports to the President, including energy technology and national energy policy, agricultural preparedness, climate change, and STEM education.
Source: Dr. Schrag
What is the Kavli Foundation?
The Kavli Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of science for the benefit of humanity. The Foundation supports scientific research, honors scientific achievement, and promotes public understanding of scientists and their work.
The Foundations mission is implemented through an international program of research institutes, professorships, symposia and other initiatives in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience and theoretical physics. The Foundation is also a founding partner of the Kavli Prizes, which recognize scientists for their seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience.
Source: Kavli Foundation
If you are interested in joining the Domecast, please email the team at the Adler Planetarium as soon as possible:
Steve Burkland, Kavli Lecture Project Coordinator