Agenda: Challenges in ESS: Past, Present, and Future

UC Irvine | School of Physical Sciences | Department of Earth System Science

Celebrating 20 Years of Earth System Science at UC Irvine
September 15-16, 2011
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and Engineering


Thursday, September 15, 2011

8:15 a.m. Introduction
8:30 a.m. Founding of the Department of Earth System Science and Future Directions
8:50 a.m. The Bander Report - Overview
9:10 a.m. The Joy of Science - 1991-2011
10:35 a.m. Break
10:50 a.m. 20 Years of Ph.D. Graduates
11:25 a.m. Preparing Future Generations
11:40 a.m. Group Photo
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m.

Retrospective - 20 Years of ESS at UC Irvine

Submit material for the retrospective

1:30 p.m. The Equipment of Earth System Science - 1991-2016
2:30 p.m. Communicating ESS during a time of decreasing science literacy
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. ESS Traditions: Stories and Origins
3:40 p.m. Looking Forward - Where will the discipline of ESS be in 2016?
4:15 p.m. Adjourn
5:15 p.m. Evening Reception
By Invitation Only


Friday, September 16, 2011

8:15 a.m. Introduction to Grand Challenge Questions
8:30 a.m.

Earth System Science by Discipline (Break-Out Groups)

  • Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Change
  • The Changing Cryosphere and Sea Level
  • Ocean Biogeochemistry and the Carbon Cycle
  • Terrestrial Ecosystems, Urban Ecosystems and Land Use
  • The Water Cycle - Floods and Droughts
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Activity: The Web of Earth System Science
11:00 a.m. Break-Out Session Report
11:30 a.m. The ESS Time Capsule - 
What would you want to tell future generations of ESS Students?
12:00 p.m. Next steps... How will ESS move forward?
1:30 p.m. Adjourn
Optional Afternoon Activities Taking Place at Croul Hall
3:00 p.m. Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Celebration
4:00 p.m. Graduate Student and Alumni Presentation