NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco and Senior NOAA Climate Scientists Contribute to COP-15 Conference

December 7, 2009

Fulton and MacDonald.

Laurie Fulton, United States ambassador to Denmark and Sandy MacDonald, director of NOAA's Earth Systems Research Laboratory, visit NOAA's Science On a Sphere at Copenhagen Climate Conference.

High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator, will be in Copenhagen as part of the U.S. Delegation from Dec. 13-16. As a member of the president’s science team and head of NOAA, Lubchenco is one of the senior administration officials attending the conference, including President Barack Obama and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke. Many of the leading federal climate scientists work within NOAA.

NOAA will play a major supporting role in the U.S. Center. Along with other U.S. scientists and senior administration officials, NOAA scientists will explore the United State’s efforts both domestically and internationally to research, understand and provide tools to respond to the impacts of a changing climate.

The centerpiece of the U.S. Center exhibit space is NOAA’s “Science On a Sphere,” a large globe that displays a wide range of climate, weather and other spatial data around the Earth. On Dec. 8, NOAA’s Sandy MacDonald, Ph.D., will conduct a climate change “spherecast” from Copenhagen that will be viewed live on spheres in select science centers around the world.

NOAA scientists and Department of Commerce officials will also blog and hold web chats from Copenhagen. Lubchenco will also be posting updates and information about COP-15 activities on her Facebook page.

Daily updates from NOAA and the Department of Commerce at will be available on: http://www.commerce.gov/cop15. The State Department Web site has the full program of events: http://www.cop15.state.gov.

This year the events at the conference will be more widely accessible than ever before. The following NOAA presentations will be webcast at https://statedept.connectsolutions.com/uscenter. All times are listed in EST:

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