There is an intense debate on the topic of global warming & climate change in recent years in the media as well as in the scientific community. The term ‘global warming’ refers to the warming of the earth's surface (land-water combined) due to human-added carbon dioxide because of worldwide industrial activity. This talk will survey the global warming science and will highlight several uncertainties in the science. The talk will discuss other processes like large-scale atmosphere/ocean circulation changes, urban impact and solar variability, which influence mean temperature over various regions of the earth. The talk will then discuss present and future global warming impact on extreme weather events, sea level rise and other climate events and changes. Finally, the talk will present an alternative approach of a simple adaptation strategy to "combat" future climate change.
Dr. Madhav Khandekar is a former research scientist from Environment Canada (in Toronto, Canada) and has been in the weather & climate science for over 53 years. He holds an M. Sc. degree in Statistics from Pune University and an M. S. and Ph. D. degree in meteorology from the Florida State University, USA. Dr. Khandekar has published well over 130 research papers. Khandekar is presently on the Editorial Board of the International Journal ‘Natural Hazards’ (Kluwer Publications, Netherlands) and was an Expert Reviewer for the 2007 IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a UN Body of scientists) Climate Change Documents.
Dr. Khandekar continues his research at present on global warming/extreme weather link and Indian/Asian Monsoon inter-annual variability.