Appointments to the newly created have been announced by AAPG President Will Green, with Priscilla Grew of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb., as chair.
The committee was formed following Association discussions over the past three years concerning various aspects of AAPG’s stance and public statements on the climate change issue.
The discussions resulted in several changes, including:
- Changes in the AAPG Statement process.
- A review of all AAPG position statements.
- Formation of the new Climate Change Solutions Committee.
Green said the Executive Committee recognizes that this topic is evolving rapidly and “members hold widely differing views on both anthropogenic and natural effects on climate change, and what resulting public policies should be instituted. However, some AAPG members have considerable expertise that relates to both climate and solutions, and the membership at-large and the public need for information.
“Most, if not all, of the committee are well versed in climate issues,” he said, “and represent a wide range of thought on the subject.”
The EC and each of the three AAPG divisions all named three members to the committee, with the chair coming from the Division of Environmental Geosciences.
The committee’s main charge is to promote and facilitate various fields of geologic study that relate to global climate change and potential solutions.
It is anticipated that a Web forum on climate change issues will be created and monitored by the committee, with topics for FAQs being discussed and ultimately disseminated.
The committee also will provide technical content and guidance for meetings, publications and DEG Journal articles.