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Hot with a Chance of Megadrought: Anticipating the Extremes of a Changing Climate,

Friday, June 10, 2016 at 10:00am to 11:00am

Mann Library, Room 160
Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Following years of unprecedented scarcity in snow and rain fall, California had a nice, wet winter this year…but when it comes to dry weather, the American West is not out of the woods.  As part of Mann Library’s reunion program this year, please join us for a discussion with Dr. Toby Ault, assistant professor of earth and atmospheric sciences,  whose work with climate model projections and paleoclimate data has recently captured the attention of U.S. scientists and policy makers.  Prof. Ault’s findings suggest a significant risk of megadrought—drought conditions lasting more than 10, 25, even 50 years — in certain areas of the United States, which will have major implications for food production across the country. As Prof. Ault will point out, these findings are important to consider as agricultural adaptation and mitigation strategies are developed to cope with regional impacts of climate change in the coming decades.

Prof. Ault’s talk is presented in conjunction with the exhibit  "Climate Smart Farming: New York State Farmers in Their Own Words" showcasing recent collaborations between the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture (CICCA) and New York State farmers to encourage climate-smart farming strategies in the region. Following the talk, please join us in the Mann Gallery for an exhibit reception with Allison Chatrychan of CICCA as well as Mark Doyle (Fishkill Farms) and Thor Oechsner (Oechsner Farms), practicing NYS farmers whose climate-smart initiatives are featured in the exhibit.


This lecture and exhibit are presented as capstone events in Mann Library’s year of special programming on climate change. For more information, please call 607-255-5460 or visit


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Cornell University Library, Mann Library, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


reunion, Sustainability, Cornell University Library, Mann Library, climate change, Global Warming, earth science, atmospheric science, drought


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Eveline Ferretti

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Toby R. Ault

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Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

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Free and open to the public. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Eveline Ferretti ( as soon as possible

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