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Public is invited to free Symposium on Global Warming

Dr. Raymond Bradley
By Erin O'Connor

Staff Writer

WESTFIELD - Westfield State College (WSC) will be home to the Westfield River Watershed Symposium (WRWA)'s 13th Annual Westfield River Symposium that will look at global warming on March 31.

Entitled "Water, Woods and Warming," the symposium will highlight global warming, as well as look at programs that improve the water and forests within the Westfield Watershed.

Dr. Raymond S. Bradley, the director of the Climate System Research Center and Professor at the University of Massachusetts Department of Geosciences, will give the keynote address, "An Update on Global Warming."

The Union of Concerned Scientists have recently released their findings that the Northeast is experiencing rising temperatures, with dramatic warming expected later this century if heat-trapping emissions continue to increase unabated.

Bradley said he is particularly interested in how present day climate differs from climates in the past, and what may have caused climates to change. His interests are in climate variability across a wide range of time scales.

Bradley has written or edited ten books on climatic change and paleoclimatology, including "Paleoclimatology: Reconstructing Climates of the Quaternary" , and authored over 100 articles on the topics.

Bradley has appeared on CNN discussing the climate system and he currently teaches classes on climate changes and Paleoclimatology.

The following is a tentative schedule of events for the day:

8:00- 8:45 registration, Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:45 Welcome with Mike Young, WRWA President, Barry Maloney, Interim President of Westfield State College. Followed by the Keynote Address by Ray Bradley.

10:00-10:45 Concurrent Sessions I Biology, Status, and Conservation of American Eels: Alex Haro (S.O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center)

Natural Forests and Champion Trees of the Westfield River Watershed: Gary Beluzo (Holyoke Community College)

A glimpse of The Watershed Waltz (a puppet show!): Meredyth Babcock and JoAnne Spies (Marmalade Productions)

11:00-11:45 Concurrent

Sessions II Where Does Your Water Come From?: Woody Darling (City of Westfield, Water Resources Dept.)

ACORN: A Cooperative Resource Network: Paul Catanzaro (UMass Extension)

Kid's (and Adult's) Salmon/Biology/Geology Tour: Tom Condon (Powder Mill Middle School), Dave Lovejoy and Mike Young (both of WSC)

12:00-12:45 Concurrent Sessions III River Restoration in the Westfield River Watershed: Carrie Banks and Tim Purinton (MA Riverways)

Sustainable Forest Management in Massachusetts: James DiMaio (Chief Forester, MA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation)

Screening of "An Inconvenient Truth" (will last until about 1:30)

2:00- ? Field Trips; Tour of the Westfield Wastewater Treatment Plant: Dave Billips, Superintendent (City of Westfield, Water Resources Dept.)

Vist to Site of Recent Harvest in Chester-Blandford State Forest: Tom Ryan (MA Dept of Conservation and Recreation Service Forester)

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and run until 8:45 a.m. The Keynote address will begin at 9 a.m.

Three concurrent sessions will run during the morning with 45 -minute presentations.

The event is open to the public.