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WKU faculty member named to National Climate Assessment committee

Dr. Rezaul Mahmood, associate professor of Geography and Geology at WKU and associate director of the Kentucky Mesonet and Kentucky Climate Center, has been named to the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee.

Dr. Rezaul Mahmood

Dr. Mahmood will attend his first committee meeting Aug. 16-18 in Washington, D.C. The committee of more than 60 scientists includes about 40 members from academic institutions, he said.

“I consider this a professional honor not only for myself but for our department, Ogden College of Science and Engineering and Western Kentucky University,” Dr. Mahmood said. “I am honored to provide this important service to the nation.”

The National Climate Assessment (NCA) is conducted under the auspices of the Global Change Research Act of 1990, which requires a report to the President and the Congress that evaluates, integrates and interprets the findings of the $2.6 billion federal research program on global change every four years.

The next assessment is due in 2013, Dr. Mahmood said.

National climate assessments act as a status report on climate change science and impacts. They are based on observations made across the country and compare these observations to predictions from climate system models.  The NCA aims to incorporate advances in the understanding of climate science into larger social, ecological, and policy systems, and with this provide integrated analyses of impacts and vulnerability.

Contact: Rezaul Mahmood, (270) 745-5979.

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