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Contributing author available to comment on Climate Science Special Report

University of Alaska Fairbanks

University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist John Walsh is available to speak with journalists about the 2017 Climate Science Special Report, which was released today by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Walsh was a contributing author of the report.

The report an be found here: https://science2017.globalchange.gov. It is the first volume of the Fourth National Climate Assessment. The report details past, current and projected changes to the climate, including increased atmospheric and ocean temperatures, melting glaciers and shrinking sea ice, rising sea levels and ocean acidification. The report also concludes that its "extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century."

Walsh is a climatologist and the chief scientist at UAF's International Arctic Research Center. He has been a contributor to a wide variety of global change reports, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fourth Assessment Report, the Third National Climate Assessment and the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme's report "Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic."

His work on the Climate Science Special Report focused on recent U.S. climate change in the global context and the linkages between the Arctic and global climate change, with an emphasis on manifestations of recent changes in Alaska.

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Walsh is available by calling 907-474-2677 or via email at jwalsh@iarc.uaf.edu.

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