Pardee Center Director Anthony Janetos was among the featured speakers at a national conference on Oct. 29 marking the one year anniversary of Super Storm Sandy. Titled “Sandy: One Year Later,” the day-long conference was held at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey and was sponsored by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Part of a panel called “Assessing the Risk”, Prof. Janetos reviewed the major findings in the recently released “Summary for Policymakers” as part of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and also talked about recent research produced by climate models. He said that programs of preparation and coping with the impacts of climate change will be important as natural resources and the built environment will continue to be affected. “Not to respond, not to plan, not to think about how the planet will change is really not an option,” he said.
Prof. Janetos is a coordinating lead author for Working Group II of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, which is scheduled to be released in 2014.
The Oct. 29 conference was live streamed on the Internet and generated discussion on Twitter @#PostSandy.