Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

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NOAA Chemical Sciences Division Seminar

NOAA Chemical Sciences Division Seminar

Ensemble Forecasts of Air Quality in Asia: An operational multi-model approach, by Guy Brasseur, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, and NCAR   
Every year, more than 3 million people die prematurely from breathing outdoor air pollutants, which, according to the World Health Organization, triggers heart failures, strokes, pulmonary diseases and lung cancers. Air pollution (back ground concentrations and acute episodes) has therefore become a global environmental problem that needs to be urgently addressed. The problem has become particularly dramatic in several regions of the world such as China where the economy has been growing very rapidly. In order to better predict, and hopefully avoid, the occurrence of high levels of particulate matter (PM), ozone, and other pollutants, a multi-model analysis and prediction system has been developed by combining nine European and Chinese chemical transport models. The system has been developed for eastern China as part of the European Panda and MarcoPolo Projects.
The presentation will describe the system, which is now operational, present some illustrative examples of air quality forecasts, and highlight challenges. It will discuss ways to downscale model forecasts to city block scales in urban areas and to reduce biases in the predictions. Perspectives for applying such systems in other parts of the world (e.g., Latin America) will be provided. A new international initiative, called Monitoring, Analysis and Prediction of Air Quality (MAP-AQ) will be briefly discussed.
Guy Brasseur is the group leader of the Environmental Modeling group at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg (Germany) and a Distinguished Scholar at the National Center of Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO.
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017 to Thursday, August 3, 2017
3:30pm to 4:30pm


DSRC room 2A305

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Barbara Ervens (303-497-4396), Carsten Warneke (303-497-3601), Jane August (303-497-4165) or Jeanne Waters (303-497-3134)
2017-08-02 to 2017-08-03
CSTPR Seminar

CSTPR Seminar

New Coordinates for Environmental Documentary: How have nature and environmental documentaries changed since the internet arrived?, by Bienvenido León, School of Communication, University of Navarra (Spain), FIRST Scholar, University of Colorado Boulder


Free and open to the public. Co-hosted by the Inside the Greenhouse Project.

This talk will be available via live webcast. To view the live webcast please go to Adobe Connect and login as a guest.


Along 120 years of existence, this chameleon-like genre has adapted to many different circumstances. At the very beginning audiences took it for granted that documentary was a legitimate representation of the historical world. However, shortly afterwards, it needed to struggle in a constant search for legitimation. And this was especially relevant when it needed to adapt to a competitive television environment dominated by entertainment, by hybridizing with fiction formats. More recently, the digital tsunami seems to have added a new important driving force: the search for participation. And this new coordinate has added a new challenge, since the referential value of documentary cannot be taken for granted anymore. In the talk, I will discuss some ideas and show a few examples that illustrate how environmental documentary has evolved, in order to adapt to this new ecosystem.

Biography: Bienvenido León is associate professor of science journalism and television production at the University of Navarra (Spain). He has also worked as a documentary film director, scriptwriter and producer for over 30 years. He teaches regularly in other universities of Spain and other countries, and has been a visiting scholar at the University of North Carolina and the University of Otago. His research has mainly focused on audio-visual science and environment communication. He is the founding director of the Research Group on Science Communication at this university, and currently the director of the international research project “Online video as a tool for communicating science”. He has published 21 books as author or editor and over 60 peer-reviewed papers or book chapters. Before joining the academic field, he worked as a TV journalist for a decade. He has founded and directed two environmental film festivals: Telenatura (2001-2013) and Urban TV (2002-2014).

León is part of the Summer Session FIRST (Faculty-In-Residence Summer Term) program, which brings prominent scholars and teachers from across the nation to join the ranks of the University of Colorado Boulder's summer faculty. The Office of the Vice Provost for Summer Session sponsors the FIRST program, which broadens both the faculty expertise and the curricula offered to Summer Session students.



Thursday, August 3, 2017


CSTPR Conference Room, 1333 Grandview Ave

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Ami Nacu-Schmidt, 303-735-3102