August 2020 Meeting

Air and Waste Management Members, Associates, Students and Friends –

Please join us via webinar for A&WMA’s Central Texas Chapter’s meeting on Wednesday, August 26th!

Topic: Climate Change, Texas, and Floods

Both global climate change and natural variability are affecting Texas climate.  Climate change in particular is having a distinct impact on temperature, extreme rainfall, and sea level rise, potentially affecting the robustness of waste storage facilities to natural disasters.  Our recent analysis of extreme rainfall patterns and trends for the Harris County Flood Control District attempts to quantify the effect of climate change relative to the newest estimates of extreme rainfall design criteria.  This talk will summarize the historical record of climate variations and trends in Texas, address observed trends in extreme rainfall, and discuss the implications for facility design and management.

Speaker: John Nielsen-Gammon, Regents Professor and Texas State Climatologist for the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University

John Nielsen-Gammon has been on the faculty at Texas A&M University since 1991.  He is currently a Regents Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and also serves as the Texas State Climatologist.  He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving a Ph.D. there in 1990.  He does research on various types of extreme weather from droughts to floods, as well as air pollution and computer modeling.  As Texas State Climatologist, he helps the State of Texas make the best possible use of weather and climate information, through applied research, outreach, and service on state-level committees.   He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society.


12:00 – 12:05 p.m. – Central Texas Chapter Business
12:05 – 1:00 p.m. – Presentation