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Extreme Weather and Climate: Adaptation in a Changing World

Evening Program

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Code: 1A0105
$30 - Member
$35 - Non-Member
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A city showing the effects of climate change


  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
  • Platform: Zoom
  • Online registration is required.
  • For multiple registrations, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses.


Meeting the shock and awe of extreme floods, droughts, storms, and fires from California and the Mississippi to Venice and the Caribbean calls for plans and action. As the planet faces changes in climate and increased extreme weather events, adaptation is higher than ever before on the global agenda.

As these events unfold, scientists and policy makers alike are challenged with making choices about disaster risk reduction and securing opportunities for long-term sustainability. Countries, communities, and businesses are demanding access to authoritative, usable scientific and risk-assessment information for making both immediate and long-term decisions in the face of changing weather and climate trends and extremes.

Roger S. Pulwarty, the senior scientist in the physical sciences division at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory, brings his research, practice and perspectives to address these issues. What are the ongoing and projected risks? What can we learn from significant weather events across the globe? What are the options, challenges, and opportunities for adapting to, and through, changing climates? What information can be shared regionally and locally to support smart practices and decision-making? What is needed to successfully manage climate-related risk across economies, ecosystems, and communities?


  • Once registered, patrons will receive two emails: one is an automatic email confirmation and the second will include a link to the Zoom webinar as a follow-up (usually given within 24 hours of registration).
  • NOTE: If you do not receive your follow-up email from Zoom, please email Customer Service for assistance.


Inside Science

This event is presented as part of the Smithsonian Earth Optimism Initiative.

Inside Science

This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.