Warming of the climate system in the modern era is unequivocal and multiple lines of evidence point to human activity, primarily the emission of carbon dioxide, as the cause of most of this warming. The author will illustrate the evidence for planetary warming, highlight the human fingerprints of greenhouse warming, and show why many of the skeptic arguments are either false or highly misleading.
Bio: Scott Mandia is Professor of Earth and Space Sciences and Assistant Chair of the Physical Sciences Department at Suffolk County Community College, Long Island, New York. He has been teaching introductory meteorology and climatology courses for 22 years. He received his M.S. – Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1990 and his B.S. – Meteorology from University of Lowell in 1987. In 1997, he won the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Scott maintains a website titled Global Warming: Man or Myth? which is listed at Realclimate.org as a top climate science resource. He also frequently writes about climate change and politics at his blog with the same title.
More recently, Scott co-founded the Climate Science Rapid Response Team and because of his work with the team, he has been nominated for the Climate Change Communicator of the Year Award offered by The George Mason University Center for Communicating Climate Change. The Climate Science Rapid Response Team is composed of 140 top international climate scientists and is a match-making service to connect climate scientists with lawmakers and the media. The Team has responded to inquiries from US Congress, ABC News, NY Times, LA Times, Associated Press, National Public Radio, CNN, Times of London, Guardian, and many others.
In addition to climate change, Scott has written on the subject of Long Island hurricanes, especially the New England Hurricane of 1938, known locally as the "Long Island Express" and prognostication on the future vulnerability of Long Island to hurricanes. He has also published a series of weather and climate learning modules titled Investigations in Atmospheric Sciences that are geared toward non-science major college students and is currently co-authoring a book for the general public on sea level rise that should be available in the Fall of 2012.