President of the Aquarium Dr. Jerry Schubel discusses climate change. Images courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific.
This Friday, Weather on Steroids: The Art of Climate Change Science, a new art exhibit at The Aquarium of the Pacific, will open in conjunction with "The Time is Now, The Future is Here", the Aquarium’s new film on climate change.
In anticipation of this week’s opening, and in light of the natural disasters that have wreaked havoc on the U.S., experts gathered today at the local institution to discuss the connections between extreme weather and climate change, including Dr. William Patzert, a scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who talked about his latest research on how NASA satellite data is improving our understanding of our planet's climate.
Tipping Point Climate Change, 2016 by Lilleane Peebles.
Those who attended also included Dr. Richard Somerville, a coordinating lead author for the most recent climate science assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and a climate scientist with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
“People and their governments need to collectively decide just how much man-made climate change is tolerable, or acceptable, and then humanity must act to meet that goal,” Somerville said in a statement.
“While we can work to limit the effects of climate change, we are already at a point where we will need to adapt to its impacts, including water shortages and drought, rising sea levels, and extreme weather,” Dr. Jerry Schubel, Aquarium president, said in a statement. “This principle is known as climate adaptation, and more people around the world are realizing that they have the power and tools to make a difference.”
Still from The Time is Now, The Future is Here.
The Aquarium will continue to reach out to local residents through its climate resilience outreach program, workshops and Twitter feed @resilientLB. The Aquarium’s climate change report for the City of Long Beach and Citizen’s Guide are also available on its website.
“The Aquarium is committed to empowering the public to prepare for climate change impacts, from those happening now to those expected in the future,” Schubel said in a statement. “We will continue developing new exhibits and films like 'The Time is Now, The Future is Here' to help people better understand their role in tackling this challenge.”
The new film will be shown daily at the Aquarium starting Friday, together with Weather on Steroids, which will run through February 26. Also shown daily is the Aquarium’s Extreme Weather show.
The Aquarium of the Pacific is is located at 100 Aquarium Way.