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Impact of climate change on Chinese glaciers

Sept. 11, 2009

KALAMAZOO--An expert on climate change will visit campus this month to give a chilling assessment of the impact on glaciers in China during a talk on Friday, Sept. 18, at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Wang Ninglian is director of the Division of Cryosphere and Global Change, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His talk, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. (changed from the previously announced time) in Room 2708 of Wood Hall, is titled "Climate Change and Glacial Recession in Northwestern China" and is free and open to the public.

Wang's research focuses on climatic change and environmental records in ice cores and solar activity, glacier fluctuations and water supply. He is well known in China for his work on climate change and glacial fluctuations in the Tibet Plateau and Northwestern China.

Wang has published more than 110 articles in leading scientific journals and received 12 prestigious awards, including the Outstanding Young Scientist from the Chinese National Science Foundation, National Science and Technology Award from the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, and the National Expert from the State Council of the People's Republic of China.

Wang's trip to WMU is made possible through the Visiting Scholars and Artists Program and is sponsored by the Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education and the WMU Department of Geography.

The WMU Visiting Scholars and Artists Program was established in 1960 to contribute to the intellectual life of WMU and the community by providing funds for academic units to bring distinguished scholars and artists to campus. In addition to meeting with faculty and students, these scholars address the community at large. Since its inception, it has supported more than 600 visits by scholars and artist representing more than 60 academic disciplines.

The chair of the committee that oversees the program is Dr. Elke Schoffers, associate professor of chemistry.

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