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The 2011 Stephen H. Schneider symposium climate change: from science to policy
24 Aug 2011 - 27 Aug 2011
Boulder, Colorado, USA

The primary aims of the Symposium are:

1) To pay tribute to Steve Schneider?s contributions to climate science*, and to evaluate the historical significance of these contributions;

2) To identify key challenges for the future ? in climate science, climate science and policy, and climate science communication ? and possible ways to address these challenges.

The total duration of the Symposium will be three days. A reception is planned for the evening of August 24, before the formal program of the Symposium commences on August 25.

The Symposium will be structured in two parts. The first part will address Steve Schneider?s contributions in specific areas of climate science, such as cloud and aerosol effects on climate, the role of the ocean in climate change, the ?nuclear winter? issue, the impacts of human-induced climate change on ecosystems, and the economic aspects of climate change. The second part of the Symposium will examine how these individual pieces of the climate change puzzle fit together, and will explore broad, interdisciplinary themes that were of interest to Steve. Examples of such interdisciplinary themes include decision-making in the face of scientific uncertainty, strategies for improving the communication of climate science, Steve Schneider?s contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and innovative ways of improving the science-policy interface.

This Symposium will be more than a celebration of the scientific accomplishments of Steve Schneider. Our intent is to bring together many members of the diverse set of men and women whose lives intersected with Steve?s ? fellow scientists, science communicators, policymakers, students, and friends ? and harness the intellectual and creative energy in this group. We believe that the Symposium participants can make significant progress on some of the issues Steve Schneider cared about. Such progress would be the best-possible tribute to Steve.

Over his lifetime, Steve Schneider inspired generations of students. We hope that this Symposium will give participants a better sense of who Steve was and what he achieved, and will help to inspire the ?next generation? of climate scientists.

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