Scripps Institution of Oceanography delegation to attend U.N. convention in Denmark


Scripps Institution of Oceanography will send a delegation of scientists and students to Copenhagen, Denmark, for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP-15), which begins Dec. 7.

The group will be among those there to interact with international negotiators on policy decisions that could dictate the world’s response to climate change threats.

Scripps will attend the conference as part of the UC Revelle Program on Climate Science and Policy. The conference is anticipated to produce a successor or companion emissions agreement to the 1998 Kyoto Protocol, the first commitment period of which expires in 2012.

“What the research since Kyoto tells us is that we know enough to act,” said Tony Haymet, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and leader of the UC Revelle delegation. “We are hopeful that Copenhagen negotiators will not opt to kick the problem down the road because Scripps science suggests that there is no time for more procrastination.”

In addition to Haymet, the Scripps delegation includes Victoria Fabry, professor of biological oceanography and visiting research associate; Andrew Dickson, professor of marine chemistry: Veerabhadran Ramanathan, distinguished professor of climate and atmospheric sciences; Ray Weiss, distinguished professor of geochemistry; Tamara Beitzel, student, Applied Ocean Science curricular group; Brendan Carter, student, Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry curricular group; Grant Galland, student, Marine Biology curricular group, and Kristina Pistone, student, Climate Science curricular group.

During the conference, Scripps Oceanography will offer a Web site at www.