Keynote Speakers

Phenology 2012 Conference

Thomas Karl, L.H.D.

Thomas Karl, L.H.D.

Director, USA National Climatic Data Center
Chair, U.S. Global Change Research Program
Asheville, NC

Thomas Karl currently serves as director of NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., and Chair of the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Karl is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society and has recently completely his term as President. He is also a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and several books as Editor and Contributor. He has received many awards and recognition for his work in services and scientific contributions in climate-related work including: two Presidential Rank Awards, five Gold Medals from the Department of Commerce and two Bronze Medals; the American Meteorological Society's Suomi Award; National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences; the NOAA Administrator's Award, and several others. He has served as Editor of the Journal of Climate (1997-2000) and has been the Convening and Lead Author and Review Editor of all the major IPCC assessments since 1990, which were recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was Co-Chair of the U.S. National Assessments and the recent Global Climate Change Impacts in the U.S. state of knowledge report and a number of other assessments produced by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. He has received a B.S. in Meteorology from Northern Illinois University, a M.S in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin, and a doctorate of humane letters (honoris causa) from North Carolina State University.

Extreme Weather and Climate Events: Phenological Implications - pdf (6.6mb)


Dr. Steven Running

Regents Professor Steven W. Running

Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences
University of Montana

Steven W. Running received a Ph.D. (1979) in Forest Ecology from Colorado State University. He has been with the University of Montana, Missoula since 1979, where he is a University Regents Professor of Ecology. His primary research interest is the development of global and regional ecosystem biogeochemical models integrating remote sensing with bioclimatology and terrestrial ecology. He is a Team Member for the NASA Earth Observing System, Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, and he is responsible for the EOS global terrestrial net primary production and evapotranspiration datasets. He has published over 270 scientific articles and two books. Dr. Running shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 as a chapter Lead Author for the 4th Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Dr. Running is an elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and is designated a Highly Cited Researcher by the Institute for Scientific Information. In the popular press, his essay in 2007, "The 5 Stages of Climate Grief" has been widely quoted.

How did Phenology go from bud-burst observation to satellite NDVI? - pdf (8mb)

September 10-13, 2012
Conference Products

Preparations for producing a set of peer-reviewed scientific articles (based on selected papers presented at the conference), which will be published in a special issue of the International Journal of Biometeorology, are underway.