UNL Scientists: Climate Change Debate Is Over

I received this press release in the mail today.

The position of these scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is hardly a surprise.  The deluge of science on this subject in the last couple decades sheds more light on what is occurring by the day.

In the following statement, they hold back no punches. It’s time to take this issue seriously.

We, the undersigned, are all faculty in climate, or climate-related disciplines, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Based on our informed scientific judgment, we most strongly support the policy statements on climate change of the American Meteorological Society <http://www.ametsoc.org/policy/2012climatechange.pdf>  and the American Geophysical Union <http://www.agu.org/sci_pol/pdf/position_statements/AGU_Climate_Statement.pdf&gt; , the two most prominent U.S. scientific societies whose members are studying the climate system. Climate change is real, and human activities have a profound effect on the way in which it is occurring. Over the coming decades it will get warmer in Nebraska, by 4-10°F. Changes in mean rainfall are less clear, as all models predict wetter to our east and drier to our west; the ‘no-change’ line cuts somewhere through Nebraska. Of most concern, snowpack in the central Rockies is forecast to decrease dramatically with strong implications for the Platte River (will Lake McConaughy become a ditch in mid-summer?). In addition to a trend towards more drought, we can expect this trend to be interspersed with more extreme flooding events due to enhanced climate variability. The time for debate is over. The time for action is here.

Clinton M. Rowe, Professor of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Robert J. Oglesby, Professor of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences and School of Natural Resources

Mark R. Anderson, Associate Professor of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Martha Shulski, Assistant Professor of School of Natural Resources and Director, High Plains Regional Climate Center

Adam L. Houston, Associate Professor of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

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