Climate Change & Its Effects on the Salish Sea

09/28/2017 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM PT


  • Free


Tacoma Nature Center
1919 S. Tyler St.
Tacoma, WA 98405
Room Number: Auditorium


Climate Change & Its Effects on the Salish Sea

Speaker: Dr. Richard Gammon

Doors to the event open at 6:30 pm for socializing, and the program will begin at 7 pm. 


Photo: Richard Droker


Presentation Overview:

Join us to hear Dr. Richard Gammon share insights into the effect of climate change on the Salish Sea, a network of coastal waterways that includes the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound. Dr. Gammon will situate this conversation within a global perspective, including what happens next now that the US has pulled out of the Paris Accord.

Drawing on data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Dr. Gammon's presentation will also cover:

  • The most recent international climate science and consensus
  • Public misunderstandings of climate science
  • The latest global climate and weather event
  • Predicted climate impacts in the Pacific Northwest and on the Salish Sea

Finally, Dr. Gammon will share insights about what we can all do — at the state, city and individual level.


Speaker Bio:

Dr Richard H. Gammon is Professor(Emeritus) of Chemistry and Oceanography, and Adjunct Professor(Emeritus) of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. He is a former Co-Director of the UW Program on the Environment (2004-2007). He received his BA in Chemistry from Princeton University (1965), and his MA and PhD in Physical Chemistry from Harvard University (1970).

Dr Gammon was a co-author (Carbon Cycle)of the first Scientific Assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 1990).  As Chief of the Carbon Dioxide Program, he directed the US program to globally monitor atmospheric CO2 (NOAA Environmental Research Laboratories, Boulder, 1982-84). He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in chemistry, oceanography, atmospheric science, global biogeochemical cycles, and climate change. His research has emphasized the measurement and interpretation of atmospheric trace gases critical to climate change. Dr Gammon served as the Director of Science at the Pacific Science Center  (1979-80), and remains actively involved in improving the understanding of the climate change challenge with frequent public talks. He gave scientific testimony at the recent trail of the 'Delta Five'.