Oct 22, 2006

Top Climate Change Expert to Speak at WEFTEC.06 Opening General Session

Heat waves, drought, floods and shrinking polar ice caps all point to the fact that our climate is changing. But what's really going on with our planet? What will our future climate look like if we ignore the signs? How does climate change impact the work of water quality professionals? These questions and more will be answered by Dr. James Hansen, director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies and NASA's top climate change scientist on Monday, Oct. 23 during the Opening General Session of WEFTEC.06 at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

Recognized as the leading U.S. expert on climate change, Hansen is expected to provide an in-depth, scientific overview of climate change; discuss scenarios of future climate based on the premise of action and inaction; and outline practical implications for hydrology and water management. A special question and answer period will follow his keynote presentation at 11:30 a.m., immediately following the opening session program.

As the kick-off event of WEFTEC.06—the Water Environment Federation's (WEF) 79th annual exhibition and conference—the opening general session is scheduled for 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Ballroom A of the Dallas Convention Center. In addition to Hansen's presentation, the program will also feature remarks from WEF President Michael Read and Incoming WEF President Mohamed Dahab, WEF award presentations, and 2006 Stockholm Junior Water Prize winners.