NWEA Speaker Program for 2018-2019


Thursday, February 28, 2019 - Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest

Paul Loikith

​Portland State University


This talk will provide an overview of the scientific basis for anthropogenic global warming. Topics covered will include the physics of the greenhouse effect, evidence of global, regional, and local climate change, and climate model projections of future change. We will focus on change and associated impacts across the Pacific Northwest using observational data and projections of future change using climate models. The effect of a warming climate on different types of severe weather will also be discussed. Items of scientific consensus will be presented as well as areas of ongoing active research in the climate science community. 


Dr. Paul Loikith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Portland State University. Dr. Loikith received his B.S. in Meteorology from Rutgers University in New Jersey. He then received a master's and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science also from Rutgers. Dr. Loikith spent three years as a Caltech postdoctoral scholar working at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory before joining PSU in fall 2015. Dr. Loikith is the director of the Portland State University Climate Science Lab which focuses on weather and climate research with expertise in understanding the effects of global warming on extreme weather and climate events.



Thursday, Mar. 28, 2019 TBD

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2019 TBD

Thursday, May 23, 2019 TBD




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