The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and Berkeley City College will host a free public talk on “Verifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” by Dr. Inez Fung in Berkeley on Wed., Nov. 6 at 7:00 pm. The lecture is part of the “Not on the Test: The Pleasures and Uses of Mathematics” series of lectures sponsored by the Simons Foundation (www.simonsfoundation.org) and co-presented by MSRI and Berkeley City College.
Dr. Inez Fung is a contributing author to the Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a scientific body under the auspices of the United Nations, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Vice President Al Gore. Dr. Fung will discuss how we measure and verify claims about emissions related to global warming. Dr. Fung is a professor of atmospheric science in UC Berkeley’s earth and planetary science and environmental science, policy and management departments. She has studied climate change for 20 years and has created mathematical models that represent CO2 sources and sinks around the globe. Fung’s work in climate modeling shows the co-evolution of CO2 and climate, and concludes that the diminishing capacity of the land and oceans to store carbon is acting to accelerate global warming.