Watch events live from the U.S. Center in Copenhagen. Follow the U.S. Center on YouTube and Flickr.About the Author: Billie Gross serves as Public Affairs Specialist for the Bureau of Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. She is currently on assignment at the U.S. Center in Copenhagen.
The UN Climate Change Conference (COP-15) began today at the Bell Center in Copenhagen, Denmark. Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change Jonathan Pershing and U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Laurie Fulton opened the U.S. Center at COP-15 with brief remarks welcoming visitors and highlighting the significance of the U.S. Center and its 70 events during the two-week conference that will highlight the strong actions the U.S. is taking at home and the leadership role the U.S. is pursuing internationally to combat global climate change. Later, Ambassador Fulton shared her thoughts about the importance of the conference.
The U.S. Center then premiered its dynamic centerpiece, Science On a Sphere, which will be featured throughout the conference. NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory director and inventor of Science On a Sphere, Dr. Alexander E. (Sandy) MacDonald joined us at the U.S. Center to discuss his invention. Science On a Sphere is a large, visually compelling, computer-driven globe that displays animated images of the Earth’s land, oceans, and atmosphere. Through a combination of Earth system animations and narratives, Science On a Sphere will highlight U.S. contributions to advancing scientific understanding of Earth’s dynamic climate system.
Today's schedule included events about the warming Arctic, ocean acidification, climate change impacts on civilization, and nitrogen management in climate policy development. The full schedule of U.S. Center events can be found on the COP-15 website and most of the events will be streamed live. Select events will also feature live chats. Access information for live chats can also be found on the COP-15 website.