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cc: "'Philip D. Jones'" <>
date: Fri, 09 Jan 2009 18:07:33 -0800
from: Ben Santer <>
subject: Invitation to participate in the Wigley Symposium
to: "Richels, Richard" <>

Dear Rich,

As you may know, Tom Wigley recently retired from his position as Senior
Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Tom
remains affiliated with NCAR, but increasingly will be shifting his base
of operations to Australia and the University of Adelaide.

In an illustrious scientific career spanning over 45 years, Tom has made
major contributions to our understanding of past, present, and future
environmental (particularly climatic) change. His contributions are
unique in terms of both scope and impact. They have been made in such
diverse areas as aqueous geochemistry, plume rise theory, the origin of
life, dendroclimatology, the construction and analysis of observed
surface temperature datasets, climate change detection and attribution,
the development and application of energy balance models, integrated
assessment, climate impacts, CO2 and climate stabilization, and
geoengineering. He also has made significant scientific contributions to
all four IPCC reports, and to a number of other national and
international assessments of various aspects of climate science.

Professor Phil Jones and I are organizing a one-day "Wigley Symposium"
to honor Tom. This is an opportunity to thank Tom for advancing and
enriching our field. It is also an opportunity to celebrate his past
accomplishments, to look forward to new ones, and to wish him well for
the future.

We hope you will be able to attend the Symposium, which will take place
at NCAR on June 19, 2009, immediately following the annual NCAR
Community Climate System Modeling Workshop in Breckenridge.

With assistance from Tom, Phil Jones and I have drafted a program for
the Symposium (see attachment). The intent is to have a series of 14
thirty-minute lectures on various aspects of climate science and the
other areas where Tom has worked. Ideally, each talk should incorporate
some discussion of Tom's contributions.

At this stage, we'd like to inquire whether you would be available to
attend the Wigley Symposium on June 19th and present a talk entitled:

"The challenge of stabilizing climate"

You obviously have full freedom to come up with a more creative and/or
intriguing title!

We'd be grateful if you could let us know by January 31 or sooner
whether you will be able to attend and give a talk at the Symposium.

With best regards,

Ben Santer and Phil Jones

(P.S.: There will be some funding to cover the cost of a Symposium
dinner on the evening of June 19th. Save in exceptional cases, however,
most Symposium participants will have to pay their own travel and
accommodation expenses).

Benjamin D. Santer
Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
P.O. Box 808, Mail Stop L-103
Livermore, CA 94550, U.S.A.
Tel: (925) 422-3840
FAX: (925) 422-7675


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