California State University, Long Beach to Host El Niño Seminar on Thursday

Rainstorms, flooding and out-of-control weather: the topic of conversation at California State University, Long Beach’s (CSULB) Distinguished Lectures Series is sure to provide a timely discussion of what many in Southern California are concerned about this winter.

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The seminar, titled “El Niño Engineering Challenges,” will kick off in the Pointe at Walter Pyramid from 5:00PM to 7:00PM Thursday.

“The CSULB College of Engineering always selects timely issues to address for its twice-yearly Distinguished Lectures, and since the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a record El Niño, we thought it would be useful to assemble a panel of experts to discuss the engineering challenges posed by such a powerful weather event,” said CSULB College of Engineering Dean Forouzan Golshani. “Our speakers will discuss current weather predictions, how rainfall could resolve the drought, what’s been done to control flooding in the Los Angeles basin since the El Niño years of 1982-83 and 1997-98, and effective long-term solutions.”

The event is free and open to the public, and features notable guest panelists, including Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems’ Engineering Fellow Pamela Emch, the National Weather Service Oxnard Office’s Meteorologist in Charge Mark Jackson and Moffat and Nichol’s Vice President of Coastal Engineering Russell Boudreau.

“It should be a fascinating discussion, and yield many insights into what we can expect during the coming El Niño,” said Golshani.

The Pointe at Walter Pyramid is located at 1250 Bellflower Boulevard.

Above, left: file photo. 



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