About the Presenters

Robert Fri is a visiting scholar and senior fellow emeritus at Resources for the Future, a nonprofit organization that studies natural resource and environmental issues. He has served as director of the National Museum of Natural History, president of Resources for the Future and deputy administrator of both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Research and Development Administration. Fri also has been director of the American Electric Power Company, vice-chair and a director of the Electric Power Research Institute, a trustee and vice-chair of Science Service, Inc. and a member of the National Petroleum Council. He is active with the National Academies of Science, where he is a national associate and vice-chair of the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, and is a member of the advisory board of the Marion E. Koshland Science Museum. He has chaired studies for the National Research Council on health standards for the Yucca Mountain repository and on estimating the benefits of applied research programs at the Department of Energy (DOE). He currently chairs a study to evaluate the nuclear energy research program at DOE. Fri received his BA in physics from Rice University and his MBA from Harvard University. For more information click here.

Claudia Mengelt is a senior program officer with the Ocean Studies Board at the National Research Council (NRC), which advises the government on science, engineering and medicine. She was the study director of Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change, a report that was part of the congressionally mandated study, America’s Climate Choices. At the NRC, she has been leading studies on a range of topics, including the analysis of global change assessments. Mengelt obtained her master’s degree in biological oceanography from the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. She subsequently received her PhD in marine sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara. For more information here.

Editor's note: This video is one of eight presentations that were part of a Climate Science 101 short course sponsored jointly by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), at George Mason University, and NOAA. The presenters in this series were selected for their subject matter expertise. Their views and opinions are their own and do not necessarily represent those of OLLI and NOAA.

___

Links

Historical Perspectives on Climate Change

State of the Climate

What is the Difference Between Weather and Climate

Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States

Is the Breathing of the World's Ocean Choking Marine Life?

Limiting the Magnitude of & Adapting to Future Climate Change

Climate Change Communication: Focusing on Public Engagement

Ethics and Issues Surrounding Geo-Engineering to Mitigate Climate Change