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Virtual OMSI Science Pub: Tipping Points

Children of today are going to live through some of the most important environmental, social and technological changes humankind will ever see. It is likely that some of these changes will be large and sudden, and their impacts will be felt globally.

In this talk, geologist Ed Brook, geographer David Wrathall and complexity scientist James Watson will introduce and discuss the wicked nature of tipping points and illustrate a number of core examples of large and abrupt changes in our environment and subsequent impacts on ecosystems and human communities. You will learn about tipping points that have occurred in the climate system thousands of years ago, about contemporary social tipping points in communities impacted by climate change, and about the fundamental nature of tipping points and how they occur in ecosystems.

Ed Brook Ph.D., David Wrathall Ph.D., and James R. Watson Ph.D. are professors in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science at Oregon State University. Ed studies climate and biogeochemical cycles to understand how the earth system worked in the past, and how it might change in the future. David studies how people respond to changes in the weather and climate, and James studies the structure and dynamics of complex systems, ranging from ecosystems to financial markets. Ed, David and James are dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of our planet and people, to help communities prepare for the coming challenges associated with changes in our environment.

Tuesday, June 23 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm

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