Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The development of sustainability science: Is there a role for the CIG?
The presentation begins with a brief acknowledgement of the first sustainability science presentation by Miles and Sarachik in 2004 and amplifies the conceptual framing of the problem. Advances in conceptual development since 2004 are explored and new institutional commitments by NAS, AAAS, and NSF are summarized. Details are provided concerning a recent meeting of a group of experts convened by the Columbia Earth Institute and sponsored by NSF are assessed in relation to potential new areas of investigation for the CIG in the next five years of its existence.
Edward L. Miles is the Virginia and Prentice Bloedel Professor of Marine Studies and Public Affairs at the University of Washington. He holds joint appointments in the School of Maine Affairs of the College of Ocean and Fisheries Sciences and the Evans School of Public Affairs. He is also a Senior Fellow in JISAO where he serves as the Co-Director of the Center for Science in the Earth System and leader of the Climate Impacts Group. Miles has been a participant in the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since February 1994.On April 29, 2003 he was elected to membership in the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and on October 14, 2005 he was elected to the rank of Fellow of AAAS. Miles' fields of specialization are international science and technology policy, marine policy and ocean management, and the impacts of climate variability and change at global and regional scales.