For several decades, there has been a decided and ever-increasing recognition that the earth’s climate is changing in its central tendencies (means, modes, medians), extremes (frequency and geographic distribution), and behavioral character, including seasonality.
In our own Great Lakes Region these changes are significant and include: 1) warmer temperatures (with seasonal and diurnal disparity); 2) higher frequency of tropical-like dew points, especially in the summer months; 3) and an overall increase in precipitation, as well as variability and change in the character of extreme rainfall events.
These trends are clearly linked to visible consequences in the landscape. What’s more, scientific models suggest that our climate will continue to transform in the manner evidenced by these recent trends, affecting everything from natural resources and societal infrastructure to public health.
According to climatologist Dr. Mark Seeley, many units of government in Minnesota have been working to ensure the state can adapt and be effective in the management related to these changes. And with a nod to his belief that science and citizenship can unite us, he adds, “There is work for all of us to do in this regard.”
Join us October 4, when Dr. Seeley delves into Minnesota’s weather history and the management and preservation of our state’s natural resources in a changing climate.
Venerable climatologist Mark Seeley, is a former Extension Climatologist and Meteorologist, and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota, positions he held for 40 years. In his role as extension climatologist/meteorologist, he taught, conducted research, and coordinated the Weather and Climate Education Program with the National Weather Service, the Minnesota State Climatology Office, and various state agencies.
Seeley’s other professional activities include serving as a weekly commentator on Minnesota Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” writing the weekly newsletter/blog “Minnesota WeatherTalk” (both roles he has held since 1992), and making regular appearances on Twin Cities Public Television’s (TPT) “Almanac.”
In addition, Seeley helped TPT to produce award-winning documentaries about Minnesota’s most memorable weather events and the ongoing affect climate change is having on the state. He is active in the NOAA Climate Literacy Program, and in 2002, worked as a NOAA partner with the National Weather Service Climate Services Division and the Climate Prediction Center in Washington, DC.
Seeley is the recipient of many awards, most recently the Minnesota Crop Production Retailers Association Outstanding Service Award (2017), Minnesota Agri-Growth Council Distinguished Service Award (2017), Scientific Communication and Education Award from Sigma Xi (2017, 2008, 2001), Siehl Prize in Agriculture for Lifetime Contributions (2014), and the University of Minnesota’s President’s Award for Outstanding Community Service (2012), among others.
He is author of Minnesota Weather Almanac (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2006 and 2015)—a publication that still remains the most comprehensive document on Minnesota weather history—and co-author (with Don Breneman) of the award-winning Voyageur Skies: Weather and the Wilderness in Minnesota’s National Park (Afton Press, 2011)—a book about the state’s only national park.
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