Kopernik To Host Climate Day Expo

By WBNG News

Kopernik To Host Climate Day Expo

July 31, 2012 Updated Jul 31, 2012 at 3:17 PM EDT

On Saturday, August 25, 2012, the Kopernik Observatory & Science Center (KOSC) will host Climate Expo. This is a NASA supported "Climate Day" event focusing on public awareness and education in climate change, and is associated with the NASA Earth Ambassador Program.

Scientists are telling us that the Earth’s climate is changing. They say that a significant indicator of climate change is the increased frequency of severe or unusual weather events, for example, early
springs or frequent flood causing storms.

Our area has experienced more than the expected number
of extreme or unusual weather events in recent times. Is this symptomatic if climate change?

This event will feature family activities exploring what we can do to protect our planet and a climate change forum featuring a panel of experts where you may ask questions and comment.

It will take place between 4:00PM and 9:00PM with the following schedule:

4:00pm – 6:00pm - Family/Student Activities
- Hands on activities for kids and families including making clouds and tornadoes using dry ice, and
simulating rivers and flooding with "stream tables" to show effects of extreme weather.
- “Green” vendors exhibiting earth friendly wares and crafts are invited
- Solar observing to see sunspots with an explanation on how they influence weather and climate

6:00pm – 9:00pm Public Forum with Three Speakers
- Eric Brown de Colstoun, "How NASA Sees the Earth and Its Climate" Dr. Brown is a NASA Scientist from the Earth Sciences Division, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
His talk will show that not only do NASA satellites look outward to space, but they also observe the earth and its changing climate.

- Doug Peters "What and Who to Believe About Climate Change"
Meteorologist Doug Peters (formerly of WBNG) will give a brief overview of climate change and discuss what one should look for in news reports and studies relating to this important subject.

- Mark W. Wysocki " Regional Climate Change - It Too Is Happening " Mark Wysocki is a senior lecturer in meteorology at Cornell University, Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric
Sciences. He will discuss the significance of the unusual and extreme weather we have experienced.

Speakers will be available after 9:00PM for those wishing to stay for further discussion.

Admission: Adults: $5 Students/Seniors: $3 Family max: $16 KOSC Members: Free