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Former NOAA Chief to Address Climate Change at FAU’s Harbor Branch

BOCA RATON, FL (March 25, 2010)– Retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from 2001-2008, will be giving a talk titled Global Earth Observation and Climate Change at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University on Wednesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. The lecture, which will take place in the Johnson Education Center Auditorium, is free and open to the public. Harbor Branch is located at 5600 US 1 North in Fort Pierce.

Lautenbacher’s NOAA experience gives him a singular perspective on climate change. He directed an extensive review and reorganization of NOAA to meet the environmental challenges of the 21st century and spearheaded the development of the Group on Earth Observation, a body involving more than 75 nations and 51 international and intergovernmental organizations dedicated to building a global climate observation network to inform policy development. Lautenbacher previously headed the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education, now known as the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, a not-for-profit organization of 76 institutions of higher learning seeking to increase basic knowledge and public support across the spectrum of ocean sciences.

Lautenbacher will address both what is known and what is suspected about climate change, and his talk will emphasize the role of global observing systems in improving our knowledge and ability to provide credible science-based information for decision making. Such systems are essential to providing organization and context to the multiple metrics that are being used to characterize the issue, including sea temperatures and levels, polar and glacial melting, atmospheric carbon dioxide, and ocean acidification.

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About Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute:
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University is a research institute dedicated to exploration, innovation, conservation and education related to the oceans.  Harbor Branch was founded in 1971 as a private non-profit organization. In December 2007, Harbor Branch joined Florida Atlantic University. The institute specializes in ocean engineering, at-sea operations, drug discovery and biotechnology from the oceans, coastal ecology and conservation, marine mammal research and conservation, aquaculture, and marine education. For more information, visit .

About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the
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