Kuehnast Lecture Series

Lectures in the Fields of Meteorology, Climatology, and their applications

In 1992, the University of Minnesota Department of Soil, Water, and Climate was honored by the establishment of an endowment provided by the family of former Minnesota State Climatologist, Earl Louis, and his wife, Leila (Newbrough) Kuehnast. The endowment is used to further teaching and research programs in climatology and meteorology. The Kuehnast Lecture Series is sponsored by this endowment.

12th Annual Kuehnast Lecture

12th Annual Kuehnast Lecture

Sixteenth Annual Lecture:

A World of Change:
Climate Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Dr. Susan Solomon

See the archived webcast of Dr. Susan Solomon's lecture as well as the National Weather Service awards and presentations. The audio is a bit choppy for the first 5 minutes of the lecture and then gradually improves.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 3:00 to 4:30 PM

Room 335 Borlaug Hall
University of Minnesota
St. Paul Campus (parking map)

This is a public forum ... all are welcome!


Key evidence from the 2007 IPCC report points to causes of Earth’s climate change. Changing attributes of climate and their relationship with greenhouse gases will be discussed, along with their associated time scales. There are numerous impacts of climate change that are anticipated and worthy of public discussion, as they pose a challenge for current societies as well as multiple generations of future citizens.

About Dr. Solomon:

Dr. Susan Solomon is an atmospheric chemist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Earth System Research Laboratory (NOAA-ESRL) in Boulder, CO. Dr. Solomon also holds a faculty position at the University of Colorado. In 2004 she received the prestigious Blue Planet Prize for “pioneering research identifying the causative mechanisms producing the Antarctic ozone hole.” She is the recipient of numerous other scientific awards and honorary doctorates, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences since 1992. She served as co-chair of Working Group 1 for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007 and, consequently with her colleagues was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (shared with Al Gore).

Co-Sponsored by the Kuehnast Endowment Fund and Sigma Xi

For more information contact:

Dr. Mark Seeley
Department of Soil, Water, and Climate
439 Borlaug Hall
1991 Upper Buford Circle
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN 55108
(612) 625-4724

Past Presentations in the Kuehnast Lecture Series:

Fifteenth Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes Kerry Emanuel October 18, 2007
Fourteenth The Pileus Project: Climate Science in Support of Decision Making for an Intensively-Managed Agricultural Crop Julie Winkler October 4, 2006
Thirteenth The State of Science Education and the American Meteorological Society Walt Lyons October 14, 2005
Twelfth The Role of Sea Ice in Global Climate Wallace Broecker October 12, 2004
Eleventh Climate Change: A View from Underground Henry N. Pollack October 13, 2003
Tenth Global Climate Change: Uncertainties, Risks, and Values in Determining Public Policy Panel Discussion October 11, 2002
Ninth An Idiosyncratic History of Climate Richard H. Skaggs October 19, 2001
Eighth Beyond Global Warming Yes or No Roger Pielke, Jr. October 6, 2000
Seventh Evapotranspiration: From Canopies to Continents John M. Norman September 24, 1999
Sixth What's happening with El Nino and La Nina  Kevin E. Trenberth October 15, 1998
Fifth Global Nitrogen Cycling Elisabeth A. Holland October 2, 1997
Fourth A Brief Excursion Into Three Agricultural Revolutions Donald G. Baker October 11, 1996
Third CO2 and the Biosphere Sherwood B. Idso October 12, 1995
Second How Much Land Can 10 Billion People Spare? Paul E. Waggoner October 4, 1994
First Is Climate Still Important? Stanley A. Chagnon October 5, 1993