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Lucas Vargas Zeppetello | Heat Waves: Extreme Events in a Warming World

Monday, February 19, 2024 at 2:55pm to 4:10pm

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Abstract: Among the most consequential environmental hazards, heat waves are complicated phenomena that involve relationships between the atmosphere, the land surface, and the biosphere. In this seminar, we'll learn about how heat waves are changing across the global land surface, why this might be happening, and what it means for human exposure to dangerous levels of heat stress.

Bio: Lucas Vargas Zeppetello is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. His research focuses on understanding the relationship between novel soil moisture observations, ecosystem dynamics, and land surface climate variability.


This event is presented as part of the 2024 Perspectives on the Climate Change Challenge Seminar Series:

  • Most Mondays, Spring Semester 2024, 2:55-4:10pm
  • Via Zoom

This university-wide seminar series is open to the public (via Zoom), and provides important views on the critical issue of climate change, drawing from many perspectives and disciplines. Experts from Cornell University and beyond present an overview of the science of climate change and climate change models, the implications for agriculture, ecosystems, and food systems, and provide important economic, ethical, and policy insights on the issue. The seminar is being organized and sponsored by the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering and Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability.

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Christine L. Goodale


Lucas Vargas Zeppetello

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UC Berkeley Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

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