Climate Change Revs Up in 2016: An Eyewitness Account from the South Pacific

Atlanta Science Tavern presents Kim Cobb, professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, who will share her eyewitness account of mass deaths of coral reefs in South Pacific due to El Nino.

This event is a production of the Atlanta Science Tavern. It is free and open to the public, although contributions are welcome to help the defray costs of programming.

Seating is on a first-come basis. Reservations are not required to attend. Participants gather for dinner at 7:00 p.m. The evening's presentation gets under way at around 7:45 p.m.

Science has long established that the world's climate is undergoing rapid change. And it appears that the change is speeding up. Kim Cobb, a professor in Georgia Tech's School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, has witnessed this change first-hand.

The mission of Kim Cobb's lab is to uncover the mechanisms of global climate change, both natural and anthropogenic, in order to inform projections of future climate change. They focus primarily on the generation of new high-resolution records of past tropical Pacific climate variability from corals and cave stalagmites, with an emphasis on the last decades to centuries. Through the thoughtful combination of climate models and data, they seek to characterize natural climate variability in this region and identify climate trends that are associated with anthropogenic climate change.

Event Details


  • Saturday, August 27, 2016
    7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location: Manuel's Tavern, 6-2 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta
Phone: (404) 525-3447

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  • Algae-coated dead coral on the first dive of the Spring 2016 expedition to Christmas Island's south reef. In this view, only one small coral is still alive: a half-bleached, half-dead Porites colony in the lower left. Credit: Kim Cobb.