MSRI Symposium on Climate Change: From Global Models to Local Action

This event was made possible by the generous support of the Sea Change Foundation.

Global models based on current and past observations document the reality of climate change caused by human activity, although the details of when and what will happen where are far from clear. This symposium will address the problems and research necessary to translate these global, long-term predictions into local predictions on shorter scales of time, where governments and businesses can act; and will address the implications for industry and public policy now.

April 11, 2007: Public Symposium, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco


  • Congressman Jerry McNerney, Member, Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming
  • President Michael R. Peevey, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Dr. Inez Fung, Professor of Atmospheric Science; Co-Director, UC Berkeley Institute for the Environment
  • Dr. Daniel Kammen, Professor of Public Policy; Co-Director, UC Berkeley Institute for the Environment
  • Dr. Severin Borenstein, Director, UC Energy Institute; Professor, Haas School of Business
  • Nancy McFadden, Senior Vice President, PG&E
  • Douglas Ogden, Executive Vice President of the Energy Foundation, and Director of its China Sustainable Energy Program
  • Assemblymember Ira Ruskin, Chair, Budget Sub-Committee on Natural Resources

Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for others. There will be reserved seating: you can buy tickets in advance through City Box Office.

Event Videos and Other Recordings

April 12-13, 2007: Scientific Symposium at MSRI

Organized in collaboration with the Dynamical Systems Program at MSRI.


  • David Eisenbud
  • Inez Fung
  • Chris Jones
  • Doug Nychka


  • Jeff Anderson (National Center for Atmospheric Research)
  • Max Auffhammer (UC Berkeley)
  • Cecilia Bitz (University of Washington)
  • Phil Colella (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
  • Bill Collins (National Center for Atmospheric Research)
  • Inez Fung (UC Berkeley)
  • Lisa Goldberg (BARRA)
  • Jim McWilliams (UCLA)
  • David Neelin (UCLA)
  • Cecile Penland (NOAA-CDC)
  • Ben Santer (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
  • Dave Stainforth (University of Oxford)
  • Lenny Smith (London School of Economics)
  • Claudia Tebaldi (National Center for Atmospheric Research)
  • Kathy Yelick (UC Berkeley)

Event Videos

View all videos on the schedule page by clicking the film icon next to each talk.

  • Fung, Inez, Issues in Climate Change
  • Bitz, Cecilia, Sea Ice Cover in a Changing Climate
  • Goldberg, Lisa, Forecasting the Risk of Extreme Events
  • Smith, Lenny, Seeing through Climate Models
  • Auffhammer, Max, Impact of Aerosols on Rice Production in India through Local Climate*
  • Brenner, Sydney, All Those Genomes
  • Santer, Ben, Detection and Attribution of Climate Change*
  • Anderson, Jeff, Using Observations to Estimate Climate Model Parameters
  • Tebaldi, Claudia, Future Climate Projections from Multi-Model Ensembles: Motivations, Challenges, Approaches and Ways Forward
  • Colella, Phillip, Algorithms for the Study of Climate Change
  • Yelick, Katherine, Architectural Trends and Programming Model Strategies for Large-Scale Machines
  • Neelin, David, Precipitation Change and the Challenges of Modeling
  • Penland, Cecile, When We Can't Keep Track of Everything: On Diffusion Processes and Levy Flights in Climate Modeling
  • McWilliams, Jim, Irreducible Imprecision in Atmospheric and Oceanic Simulations
  • Collins, Bill, Where do we go from here?