Vulnerability of Arctic Permafrost to Climate Change: The Challenges of an Integrated Science Assessment

September 23, 2011, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dr. Robert Harriss, President and CEO of the Houston Advanced Research Center
5825 University Research Court, Suite 3500
College Park, MD 20740

“Vulnerability of Arctic Permafrost to Climate Change: The Challenges of an Integrated Science Assessment”

A lunchtime presentation by Dr. Robert Harriss, President and CEO of the Houston Advanced Research Center

Friday, September 23, 12 noon.
BIOGRAPHY: Robert Harriss is President and CEO of the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC). His professional interests focus on sustainability science, engineering, education and policy. He was formerly Senior Scientist and Director of the Institute for the Study of Society and the Environment at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO. Prior positions included a Harvard University postdoctoral fellowship and faculty appointments at McMaster University (Canada), Florida State University, University of New Hampshire, Texas A&M University, and the University of Colorado. He also served ten years as a Senior Scientist in the ocean and atmospheric sciences at the NASA Langley Research Center and three years as Science Director for the Mission to Planet Earth Program at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. Dr. Harriss obtained a B.S. in Geology from Florida State University and a Ph.D. in Geochemistry from Rice University.