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Art, Science, Climate Change
Julie Maxey-Allison | 10th Street


Combining science with art on the subject of climate change, Dr. Ralph Keeling spoke on the iconic “Keeling Curve.” This is the continuous measurement record of carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere, initiated at Mauna Loa, Hawaii in 1958 by his father Charles D. Keeling of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Dr. Keeling explained the consequences of the years of burning fossil fuels spread across the globe by the circulation of the winds. Artist Ruth Wallen presented “Listen to the Trees,” a performative lecture about trees as indicators of the changing ecology of our region.

Dr. Ralph Keeling is professor of geochemistry in the Geosciences Research Division of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego.His research focuses on atmospheric composition, the carbon cycle, and climate change. He received his BS in physics, summa cum laude, from Yale University, and a PhD in applied physics from Harvard University.


Ruth Wallen is an interdisciplinary artist and writer whose work is dedicated to engendering dialogue about ecological and social justice. Her web sites, installations and photographs and are in public and virtual spaces as well as galleries. Her recent work, created in collaboration with scientists at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, uses tree rings to visualize the impacts of climate change under differing emissions scenarios. She is on the faculty at Goddard College, a lecturer at the University of California San Diego and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Autonomous University of Baja California, Tijuana.



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