Dr. Kelvin Rodolfo of University of Illinois: “4 billion years of sun, earth, life and climate”

The Department of Environmental Science of the Ateneo in coordination with Manila Observatory invites you to a lecture on Global Warming and Climate Change

4 Billion Years of Sun, Earth, Life, and Climate
by Dr. Kelvin Rodolfo 

Professor Emeritus with the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Senior Visiting Fellow of Earth System Science of the Manila Observatory.

10 January 2011, 4:30 pm
Procter & Gamble Lecture Hall (SEC-C201A)
Science Education Complex, Ateneo Campus

Kelvin Rodolfo is concurrently Professor Emeritus with the Department
of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Senior Visiting Fellow of Earth System Science of the Manila Observatory.  He earned his MS and PhD degrees at the University of Southern California from 1960 to 1967, and rose from Instructor to Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. At UIC he won 6 Awards for Excellence in Teaching. His research, funded by 13 U.S. National Science Foundation grants, has been published as 60 articles in international journals and conference proceedings.  Dr. Rodolfo was inducted as a Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Science and Technology in 2010.

He was involved in plate tectonic theory and deep-sea scientific drilling in the 1970?s, then studied the lahars of Mayon Volcano in the Philippines in the 1980?s. After surviving the climactic eruption of Pinatubo Volcano in 1991, he led a multi-agency effort to study its lahars through the 1990?s, taking early retirement in 1994 to spend more time on hazard mitigation research in the Philippines. His book, ?Pinatubo and the Politics of Lahar? won a National Book Award in 1995.

His research now focuses on land subsidence around Manila Bay caused by the overuse of groundwater as well as the relative sea-level rise, worsening rain floods and tidal incursions it causes, and the phenomena of peak oil and global warming. He has also taught courses on hazard mitigation, peak oil, and climate change, for the Honors College at UIC and at the graduate level at UP-NIGS.

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