Climate Change and Energy, Two Key Issues Featured During AGU’s Annual Science Policy Conference

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Event will be ongoing as President Obama makes Climate Change Plan Announcement.

Climate change and energy will be among the key issues discussed during the American Geophysical Union’s annual Science Policy Conference on 24 – 26 June. Attendees will hear from a variety of experts about climate- and energy-related consequences for the American economy and public safety, and the role science can play in solving these challenges and informing critical policy decisions. The two-day event, which draws representatives from leading scientific research institutions, federal and state agencies, industry, and NGOs, will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Climate and energy related sessions include:

Tuesday, 25 June:

  • The Water-Energy Nexus (10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.). The session will cover how changes in water supply directly affect power systems around the world, and the impacts weather events, hydraulic fracturing, etc. have on water resources.
  • Emerging Issues in U.S. Onshore Energy (1:30 – 3 p.m.). The session will cover the current energy outlook in the U.S., as well as issues concerning renewable energy sources, safe nuclear energy management, and efficiency policies.
  • Science Needs for U.S. Offshore Energy Development (3:30 – 5 p.m.). The session will cover the scientific needs for offshore energy development and the types of resources to expect at the midpoint of this century.

Wednesday, 26 June:

  • Preparing for Our Future: Climate Change (8:30 – 10 a.m.). The plenary will cover how a changing climate is already impacting our world and what is expected in the future. This plenary will also be streamed live.
  • Potential for Carbon Capture and Storage (10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.). The session will cover economic incentives for carbon capture and storage development, as well as the large-scale commercial adoption of advanced carbon management technologies.
  • The Changing Ocean and Impacts on Human Health (10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.). The session will cover how ocean changes—such as swelling coastal populations, increased use of marine resources, and greater stress from climate change—can lead to several adverse health conditions that affect humans.
  • Drowning and Drought: Agricultural Impacts of Climate Change (10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.). The session will cover climate change’s effects on American farmland and what science shows the future might hold.
  • Sea Level Rise: Science Needed for Local Decisions (1:30 – 3 p.m.). The session will cover the science, current planning and adaptation strategies, and the policy and communication challenges that communities face in regards to sea-level rise.
  • Climate Change Effects on Human Health (1:30 – 3 p.m.). The session will cover climate change’s potentially deadly impacts on what we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, as well as the spread of climate-sensitive diseases.

To see a full list of speakers and sessions, please visit the Science Policy Conference Web site. Members of the news media including print, broadcast and online journalists, as well as public information officers, may register onsite at the conference. Registrants will receive, at no charge, a badge that provides access to all of the scientific sessions of the meeting, as well as to the onsite press room.


The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is a not-for-profit, professional, scientific organization with more than 62,000 members representing over 144 countries. AGU advances the Earth and space sciences through its scholarly publications, conferences, and outreach programs.

American Geophysical Union
Media Advisory – Science Policy Conference

24 June 2013
AGU Release No. 13-30

AGU Contacts:
Peter Weiss
+1 (202) 777-7507

Joan Buhrman
+1 (202) 777-7509

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