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CCR 50th Anniversary Celebration:
Climate Science and Service in a Swiftly Changing World

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On Friday, October 18th, 2013, the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research (CCR) celebrated its 50-year tradition of excellence in climate science. In a world where changing climates are the new normal, CCR’s mission – to advance understanding of the climate system through interdisciplinary investigations, and to use this knowledge for societally relevant purposes – is more vital than ever.

Friends, colleagues, and alumni joined us for an evening celebration in which we recognized CCR’s accomplishments, highlighted recent achievements, and opened a discussion about how CCR can best serve society through scientific discovery, partnerships, and training. The event included a reception with posters, Ignite presentations by CCR scientists about their latest research, and an evening banquet.

All of the pictures of the event can be found here.



Friday, October 18, 2013
Fluno Center, 601 University Avenue, Madison, WI

5:00 - 6:00pm Poster Session
6:00 - 7:00pm Ignite Presentations
  Noah Feinstein - Climate Change Education: Choosing the right challenges
  Tracey Holloway - Connecting Climate and Air Quality
  Val Bennington - Impacts of climate change on the Great Lakes and Oceans: Past and Future
  Zhengyu Liu - Global Warming, In the last 10,000 years?
  Galen McKinley - Carbon biogeochemistry in the oceans and Great Lakes
  Michael Notaro - Understanding a world of climatic extremes
  Kenneth Potter - Adapting Water Resource Management to Climate Change
  Steve Vavrus - Current Research Topics
  Ben Zuckerberg - Cold Adapted Species in a Warming World
7:00 - 9:00pm Evening Banquet and Talks
  John Kutzbach - Celebrating 50 Years of Climate Science at CCR
  Jack Williams - Climate Science and Service in a Swiftly Changing World
  Dan Vimont - Working Together: The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts


CCR History

The Center for Climatic Research is an interdisciplinary research center that brings together leading climate scientists with researchers in geography, botany, oceanography, and other disciplines to investigate the past, present, and future behavior of the climate system and the impacts of 21st-century climate change on natural and social systems.  Since its founding in 1962, CCR research has produced groundbreaking insights into the drivers of past climate changes, including the growth and retreat of ice sheets, the waxing and waning of monsoon rains, and abrupt climate changes caused by interactions between the atmosphere, oceans, and terrestrial biosphere.  CCR scientists have published more than 1,000 scientific articles and led the way in using contemporary and geological data as benchmarks for testing the predictions of global climate models.  More recently, through the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts, CCR scientists have closely partnered with decision-makers seeking to improve the resilience of natural and social systems to climate change.

For more information about CCR and its rich history of scientific discovery, see the recent feature article in In Common  and the CCR website.


Bryson Scholarship

The Reid Bryson Scholarship rewards exemplary UW undergraduate and graduate students whose research mirrors the innovative and interdisciplinary studies of CCR’s founder, Professor Reid Bryson, involving either fundamental climate and meteorological processes or topics that connect climate, people, and the environment. For more information on the Bryson Scholarship see the Reid Bryson Scholarship website.

During the CCR 50th Anniversary event, CCR raised $2,150 for the Reid Bryson Scholarship fund though numerous donations. CCR wishes to express a very grateful thank you to all of those who donated to the fund and continue to help make these scholarships possible.



For any questions about the event, please contact Brian Hildebrand at (608) 262-2839 or Julie Niesen at (608) 262-2839.