Know Wonder: How Will We Thrive in a Hotter, Drier Central Oregon

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How can you act locally to diminish the impacts of climate change?

This is an in-person program. Masks are recommend at all in-person library events.

Did you know that Oregon has already warmed by 2.75℉ since 1895? And that the droughts we experienced from 2000 – 2018 were the second worst Oregon has endured in the last 1200 years? Our climate is already hotter and drier, and we know this trend will continue; but what can we do about it?

Hal Wershow, associate professor of Geology at Central Oregon Community College, will share inspiring actions that our community is already taking to diminish the worst impacts and adapt to the inevitable change. He will also present opportunities for how we can thrive in a hotter, drier Central Oregon.

Geology professor Hal Wershow teaches at Central Oregon Community College, where he focuses on a sustainability-oriented geology curriculum while involving students in climate-related research. He began his geology career with research projects in Peru and Hawaii, before settling at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he monitored groundwater for high explosives and radioactivity and took school children on backyard geology field trips on his off-days. After realizing that he made a more meaningful impact by sharing his stoke for all things Earth, he decided to return to graduate school to become a professor. His graduate studies focused on how glaciers in the North Cascades have responded to a changing climate over the last 8,000 years. Today, he mentors COCC students studying retreating glaciers in the Central Oregon Cascades, along with a long-term monitoring project focused on how springs in the Cascades and Ochocos are responding to our changing climate.

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