Leading Climate Scientist To Speak At Lyndon Institute

Dr. Alan K. Betts

LYNDON CENTER -- Lyndon Institute is pleased to welcome an industry specialist on atmospheric science, Dr. Alan K. Betts, for a lecture on climate change and global warming, Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Auditorium.

Dr. Betts is serving as a mentor for a group of Lyndon Institute students who are participating in a year-long independent study course on global warming. The students are senior, Haillie Mesics, and sophomores Sierra Keon, Joseph "JJ" Mesics and Ryley Rodger, led by Lyndon Institute faculty Dave Williams and Matt Andrews.

In partnership with the Vermont EPSCoR program, the course provides the opportunity for students to study projects, in the classroom and in the field, focusing on alternative energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency. The program started in June with a week-long class held at St. Michael's College. The students will present the results of their research at a symposium in Burlington, Vt. in April of 2014.

The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is a program designed to fulfill the National Science Foundation's (NSF) mandate to promote scientific progress nationwide.

Lyndon Institute students have been conducting research into alternative energy. They have participated in field trips to companies specializing in solar and radiant energy, wind, hydro and geothermal. Their goal is to recommend the most beneficial and efficient method to incorporate alternative energy for the new outdoor education facility planned for Lyndon Institute's 300 acre Edwin Binney Memorial Forest at Burke Mountain.

Students have also visited businesses specializing in energy efficiency including Efficiency Vermont in Burlington.

Dr. Betts was educated in England. He has a BA and MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Meteorology from Imperial College, University of London. In 1970, he came to the United States to join the Atmospheric Science Department at Colorado State University, where he served on the academic faculty. He continued research on tropical weather, and in 1974, he was appointed the Convection Subprogam Scientist for a major international field program in the tropical Atlantic with the acronym GATE.

In the late 1970's, he moved to Vermont, and for 30 years has continued his research on regional and global weather and climate. He has worked with scientists and institutions in the United States and around the world, and on many national and international research projects.

Betts was funded as an independent scientist by the National Science Foundation on long-term grants. He has also been funded by NASA to support three climate field projects: one in the Konza Prairie in Kansas, one in the boreal forest of Canada and one in the Brazilian Amazon. He has worked with NOAA to evaluate and improve their regional and global forecast models.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit www.alanbetts.com.

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