(Sunrise along the Hi-Line. Photo from Scott Bischke)
Three climate science discussion are held in Eastern Montana this week, sponsored by the Montana Institute on Ecosystems.
The institute, together operated by Montana State University and the University of Montana, organized the first-ever , that premiered in September.
The 3 forums will contain demonstrations from authors of that report, which was the very first in a planned series of reports, and that focused on climate trends and their effects on agriculture, water and woods, reports .
Madison Boone, program and communications director for the institute at MSU, said the discussion boards will also include panel discussions among local manufacturers that have employed climate science data to help them determine to conduct their operations.
The forums are scheduled for:
♦ Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 6 to 2 p.m. at the Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory in Miles City.
♦ Thursday, Nov. 9, from 6 to 2 p.m. at the Fort Peck Interpretive Center and Museum at Fort Peck.
♦ Friday, Nov. 10, by 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Northern Agricultural Research Center at Havre.
All of the forums are free and available to the general public, and refreshments will be served.
In a press release, Kelsey Jensco, director of the Montana Climate Office at UM, said research into the the consequences of climate change in Montana had previously been done at the regional or national levels, therefore the Montana Climate Assessment had been the very first to “look at these trends and their impacts at a local level.”
For input about what challenges climate change presents, and what information is going to be required to decide how to deal with these challenges, writers of the report matched with a number of groups on the front lines, including the Montana Association of Conservation Districts, the Montana Stockgrowers Association, the Montana Grain Growers Association and the Montana Farmers Union.
“The 2017 Montana Climate Assessment can act as a tool to assist the taxpayers of Montana understand past patterns in various regions of Montana and exactly what the climate projections are for each so that projections can be utilised to inform long-term planning as a sensible business practice,” explained Bruce Maxwell, lead writer of the assessment’s agriculture chapter and co-director of the institute at MSU.
The institute, according to its website, was designed to “enhance ecosystem and environmental science study, education, and involvement across the country and outside.” A $ 20 million award by the National Science Foundation was accepted by the Board of Regents at 2011 and supported the institute. It’s now supported by from your vice presidents for research at MSU and UM.
Boone said the institute’s mission is to construct a “connective network” among researchers across the state, and to connect their job “to the larger community of Montana.” The institute also contributes to distinguished lecturers and made the , permitting faculty members from the colleges to present the outcomes of their research in open seminars.
Besides the discussion in Eastern Montana, ” Boone said, the magician will put one on in Hamilton in December and has placed to a forum in Kalispell.
Representatives of the institute will present similar information including demonstrations at conferences of farmers and graingrowers, stockgrowers and at the Sweet Grass County Chamber of Commerce, Boone said.