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Saleh Ahmed’s Talk at the UA Science Cafe Series

UA Science Café Series discover the fascinating science happening all around us here at the University of Arizona (U of A). This is organized by the College of Science. Science Cafés bring the community together with a U of A scientists and graduate students in a casual setting. Local community members learn about the latest research being conducted, get to know the faces behind the science, and have opportunities to ask questions and deepen their understanding with increase interactions. Currently, College of Science has four separate café series at four different locations around Tucson, each with their own themes for fascinating science discussions.

Each year Carson Scholars Program mentors some of the highly selective University of Arizona graduate students as they share and communicate their outstanding research. Their works will eventually help solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental problems. Saleh, who is currently a 3rd year Ph.D. student in Arid Lands Resource Sciences program, was one of the 12 Carson Scholars from 2016 Carson Scholars Cohort.

Saleh’s talk was part of the Spring 2017 Borderlands Brewing Co. Science Café Series: The Climate Clock and supported by the Carson Scholars ProgramThis series brings together four Carson Scholars exploring how climate is understood around the world and across time scales, from the deep geologic past to present-day droughts and storms that threaten lives and livelihoods. From cores drawn out of ancient trees to samples of lake sediments, from flooding coasts to drying lakes, this series examines how scientists are puzzling out the natural and human factors in accelerating climate change--and how vulnerable populations from California to Bangladesh are responding.

Saleh’s talk kicked off by 6 p.m. Thursday on 1/12/2017 at Borderlands Brewing, 119 E. Toole Ave. Tucson. The title of his talk was“This Will Be Under Water: Climate Stresses in Coastal Bangladesh.”

In his talk, Saleh mentioned that there are very few countries in the world that are more vulnerable to climate change than Bangladesh. Due to its high population density and ocean-river deltas, Bangladesh faces seemingly insurmountable environmental and socio-economic challenges. While the country is exposed to various kinds of climate stresses, the densely inhabited coastal areas along the Bay of Bengal constitute a “frontline.” The region's poor farming populations are among the most in danger, in part, because they often have limited access to and understanding of the climate information that can potentially help in managing climate risks. Climate information is increasingly important in regions like coastal Bangladesh, which is constantly exposed to rainfall variability, sea level rise, and increased intensity and frequency of tropical cyclones. Saleh’s research aims to advance knowledge about human capacity to cope with the changing pattern of climate by pursuing a systematic and comprehensive analysis of the role climate plays in the lives of vulnerable people and how they effectively use--or can use--climate information in deciding how and what to farm and fish. He particularly poses three major questions: how does climate variability and change affect the livelihoods of vulnerable people in coastal Bangladesh? What are the local climate information needs for improved adaptation decisions in farming or fishing? And how effective are current climate information delivery systems?

In a very informal and interactive setting, Saleh raised these questions and created interest among the audience to think and act further on issues related to global climate change. After the talk, there were Q&A sessions. All in together lasted for an hour. Prior to his talk, he was interviewed by the Arizona Daily Star, which was published online on January 14, 2017. Though his work and research findings, Saleh is looking forward to have further interactions with locals and communities here in Tucson and beyond.

For further information:

Carson Scholars Program:

UA Science Cafes

Borderlands Brewing Co. Science Cafe

Arizona Daily Star: UA offers Science Cafes on climate, nature, data (January 14, 2017)

Last updated 21 Feb 2017