Climate Change

January 2018

Essential Information

A Talk by
Dillon J. Amaya

Saturday, January 20, 2018
1:30 –3:30 PM

Room 111A, 
Chancellor’s Complex
UCSD Campus

Free Parking in the 
Gilman Parking Structure

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All monthly meetings of SDIS are free and open to the public. 
A question/discussion period follows the talk.

The Talk: The goal of this presentation is to provide a solid foundation in the basic understanding of climate change, so that everyone in attendance will be armed with the facts. 

This talk will present the basic science that drives our current understanding of climate change, including topics such as global warming, sea level rise, heat waves/droughts, and ocean acidification. The role of natural variability and the evidence for human’s contribution to observed climate change will be discussed. Finally, the speaker will share his experiences and perspectives from the last two major United Nations Summits regarding the details of the Paris Climate Agreements. Who should be held responsible for climate change damages? What is the role of the United States going forward? Are the Paris Climate Agreements enough? These and related questions will be discussed.

The Speaker: Dillon Amaya is a 4th year Ph.D. student studying Climate Science at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD, and is a National Science Foundation Fellow. His Ph.D. research is focused on understanding the driving forces behind the observed expansion of the world's desert regions to higher latitudes, which has led to billions of dollars in damage worldwide. Additionally, he is interested in how these changes may influence socio-economically sensitive regions that may not be resilient to rapid climate shifts. In addition to having published several research journal papers, Mr. Amaya is active in science outreach programs with Libraries, School groups, Rotary clubs, etc., through the Scripps Community outreach Program for Education (SCOPE). Mr. Amaya is a native of Kansas City, MO, and received a B.S. in Meteorology from Texas A&M University in 2014.