Mines News

Release Date Wednesday, February 22, 2017

SD Mines Hosts Regional Climate Assessment Workshop

Participants in the regional climate workshop meet during a breakout session.

RAPID CITY, SD (Feb. 22, 2017) – South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is host to the Northern Great Plains Regional Engagement Workshop as part of the Fourth National Climate Assessment process.

During the workshop, key players from across the region discuss information to include in the next National Climate Assessment. Topics of discussion during breakout sessions include the impact of a changing climate on: agriculture and livestock, water resources, land use, fish and wildlife, and tribal and indigenous communities. The meeting seeks to engage climate researchers and members of the public across business and government sectors to better understand how climate change is affecting the Northern Great Plains.

“Global climate change’s impacts are felt differently across a country as large as the United States,” said Bill Capehart the coordinator of the Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Program at SD Mines. “Sea-level rise, changes in extreme event frequency, droughts, deluges, and changes in pest migration as they follow rising temperatures and changes in rainfall impact us both at the town-level and as a nation at large. These regional meetings are key to assessing not only these local impacts but also to develop ready, responsive and resilient ways forward to protect our infrastructure, economy, health, safety and national security in the coming decades.”

The National Climate Assessment occurs every four years as part of the U.S. Global Change Research Program. The report fulfills the requirements of the Global Change Research Act of 1990. The next national assessment is set to be published in late 2018. Regional workshops are being held around the country to organize and gather input for the next report. The workshop at Mines includes participants from Colorado, Nebraska and Montana who are taking part in satellite meetings via video conferencing.

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About SD Mines

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,859 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of $63,500. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact: Charles Michael Ray , 605-394-6082, charles.ray@sdsmt.edu