Lecture: The West Without Water
What is a "normal" climate for the West? Will the relatively benign climate of the past century continue into the future?
B. Lynn Ingram, author of a newly published book, The West Without Water: What Past Floods, Droughts, and Other Climatic Clues Tell Us about Tomorrow, will present a remarkable mix of science, paleoclimatology, history, and story-telling that addresses these questions. Find out about the most disastrous flood in the history of California and the West, which occurred in 1861-62. Although we have learned to buffer ourselves from climate extremes in the past, what must we do to prepare ourselves for a future in which fresh water may be less reliable?
Ingram is Professor of Geography and Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California, Berkeley.
Admission is $5 at the door (free for Museum members).