Extreme Hurricanes & Climate Change

Is climate change responsible for the recent devastating hurricanes? How are scientists and policymakers grappling with this question? Join us for a free panel discussion with leading climate and water experts from academia, government, and the non-profit sector. The panel discussion will take place from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the opening night reception of “Politics of Water,” an exhibit at The Garden Club of Princeton Gallery at the Watershed Center.

Our panelist are:

Karen Florini, J.D.– Vice President for Programs at Climate Central. Ms. Florini is responsible for communications strategies that reach and move large U.S. and global audiences. Previously, Ms. Florini served in the U.S. State Department, helping to lead the government’s engagement with businesses, state and local governments, and civil society in the context of climate negotiations. She spent more than 25 years at the Environmental Defense Fund, where she was managing director for international climate programs and led EDF’s environmental health program.

Gabriel Vecchi, Ph.D.– Professor of GeoSciences at Princeton University and the Princeton Environmental Institute. Dr. Vecchi’s research is in climate science, extreme weather events, mechanisms of precipitation variability and change, ocean-atmosphere interaction, detection and attribution. His deep knowledge about hurricanes has made him a frequently quoted source for the news media during this fall’s extreme weather events.

John A. Miller, P.E., CFM, CSM– Is a water resources engineer specializing in floodplain management and policy. Mr. Miller is a United States Senate fellow focusing on the reauthorization of the federal flood insurance program, an issue he also addressed in a position at the White House Office of Management and Budget. He is the founder and former chair of the New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management and the chair of its legislative committee.