September 15, 2013 · 11:00 AM
CANCELLED - there will be no lecture this Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013
CFI-L.A.'s Feed Your Brain Series Presents:
Prof. B. Lynn Ingram
Megafloods and Atmospheric River Storms in the American West: What the Past Tells Us About Tomorrow
Sunday, September 15
11 a.m. at CFI-L.A.
(See admission pricing below)
Climate and paleoclimate research demonstrates key discoveries in cracking the secrets of the West region's past, describing how droughts and catastrophic floods have plagued the West with regularity over the past 2,000 years. Prof. B. Lynn Ingram recounts the most disastrous historic flood event in the history of California - the megaflood of[masked], and the implications should an similar flood recur today. Her talk is a call to action - it is time to face the realities of the past and prepare for a future in which megafloods may become more common and larger than in the distant past.
Looking at the region's current water crisis from the perspective of climate history, Ingram and her co-author, Dr. Frances Malamud-Roam, ask the central questions: what is the "normal" climate for the West? Can we count on the benign climate of the last century to continue into the future?
Ingram is Professor of Geography and Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California, Berkeley. her research uses geologic evidence to reconstruct past climate conditions. Ingram's new co-written book, The West without Water, documents the tumultuous climate of the American West over 20,000 years with tales of past droughts and deluges and predictions about the impact of future climate change on water resources.
Friends of the Center: Free