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WHOI scientist to provide testimony on climate science and solutions

A large tidewater glacier meets the coast in west Greenland, spilling ice and meltwater into the ocean. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on the ocean and cryosphere in Sept. 2019 highlighted how climate change is affecting the planet’s ice and oceans. Photo by Sarah Das, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

January 14, 2020

Richard Murray, Deputy Director and Vice President for Research at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), will testify before the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the U.S. House of Representatives on January 15, 2020.

WHAT: Murray and four other panelists will provide expert testimony on significant climate reports published in 2019 and will discuss findings that include: climate change impacts to land, ocean, and the cryosphere, and associated risks to human society and ecosystems; the gap in anticipated global emissions and emissions levels needed to keep global temperatures below 1.5°C or 2°C of warming above preindustrial levels. The panel will also discuss opportunities to address climate change impacts through adaptation and mitigation.

WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020

10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time


Check this link for webcast of the hearing:


  • Dr. Pamela McElwee, Associate Professor of Human Ecology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Dr. Richard Murray, Deputy Director & Vice President for Research, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Dr. Heidi Steltzer, Professor of Environment and Sustainability, Fort Lewis College, Colorado
  • Mr. Michael Shellenberger, Founder and President, Environmental Progress
  • Ms. Taryn Fransen, Senior Fellow, Global Climate Program, World Resources Institute


Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a private, non-profit organization on Cape Cod, Mass., dedicated to marine research, engineering, and higher education. Established in 1930 on a recommendation from the National Academy of Sciences, its primary mission is to understand the oceans and their interaction with the Earth as a whole, and to communicate a basic understanding of the oceans’ role in the changing global environment. For more information, please visit