The Computing and Climate Change Reading Group meets every Wednesday
lunchtime (12pm) in the Software Engineering lab debugging room (Third
floor Bahen - BA3234). Bring your own lunch.
Our aim is to discuss books, papers, research ideas and practical
projects on any aspect of climate change where computer science might
have a role, whether it be in the basic science (e.g. computational
models of climate), policymaking and decision support (e.g.
visualizations& decision tools), or designing mitigation and
adaptation solutions (e.g. green IT). We'll also spend some time
exploring interdisciplinary aspects.
Everyone is welcome!
Some potential objectives:
- Understand climate change from multiple perspectives, both academic
(different disciplinary perspectives) and non-academic (e.g.
culturally-based organisations, grassroots communities, etc)
- Explore the role of computer science (as a discipline) and computer
scientists (with our particular skill sets) in responding to the
challenge of climate change
...and some early goals for the group:
- familiarize ourselves with various disciplines' basic theoretical foundations
- identify discipline specific terminology used for shared concepts, and create a catalogue of key terms and concepts
- read articles and books from different disciplines and groups, with
discussions moderated by someone from the respective area (perhaps
starting with CS topics?)
- create an annotated bibliography
- curate a set of pointers to other web resources
Topics to discuss
Scheduled for our lunchtime meeting on June 29th, just in time for the CGCS talk on Climate Engineering by Mark Lawrence later in the day (3pm MP137). Suggested readings:
Agent Based Modeling
(Michalis: These are links were sent to me about a year ago by Michail Fragkias. I'm transcribing his comments from Greek.)
The Keystone Pipeline
When Cheryl McNamara visited on August 17, she encouraged us to write letters to President Obama, to ask him not to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. Here's some background material:
Papers mentioned during meetings
- Daniel Gilbert, If Only Gay Sex Caused Global Warming: http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0702-26.htm
- Miron Zuckerman, Michele M. Lazzaro, and Diane Waldgeir,
Undermining effects of the foot-in-the-door technique with extrinsic
rewards, Journal of Applied Psychology (1979), 292–296.
- Richard D. Katzev and Theodore R. Johnson, Comparing the effects of
monetary incentives and foot-in-the-door strategies in promoting
residential electricity conser- vation, Journal of Applied Psychology
- Karl E. Henion, The effect of ecologically relevant information on
detergent sales, Journal of Marketing Research 9 (1972), no. 1, 10–14.
Nature of Science part 1, 2, and 3
CBC documentary Playing God with Planet Earth
Bill McKibben article set to video
IEEE TCSC on Green Computing
ClimateEducation.net Free Online Course
Steve's CSC2600 Course on Climate Change Informatics
The IPCC FAQ collection
(We're currently taking a short break, planning to start up again a few weeks into the fall term)
- August 17, 2011 A talk by Cheryl McNamara of the Toronto chapter of the Citizen's Climate Lobby (her slides are here)
- August 10, 2011 A visit to the Cities Centre to talk about Cities and Climate Change
- July 27, 2011 Kaitlin Alexander, presenting her work on the software architecture of climate models
- July 20, 2011 Discussion of Wilson & Dowlatabadi's paper, "Models of Decision Making and Residential Energy Use".
- July 13, 2011 Discussion of "A Vast Machine" by Paul N. Edwards
- July 6, 2011 Visit by Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu, climate change spokesperson for the Green Party of Canada
- June 29, 2011 Geoengineering (in preparation for the talk that afternoon by Mark Lawrence)
- June 22, 2011 discussion of potential topics to discuss
- June 15, 2011 (no meeting)
- June 8, 2011: Kickoff meeting