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ECWG Dinner: The New National Climate Assessment – What the Glaciers Are Telling Us by Bruce Molnia

February 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Explorers Club Members, Associates/Friends & Members’ Guests, and Non-Members’ Guest List are cordially invited to the January 2019 ECWG dinner meeting at the Cosmos Club, with an after-dinner presentation by Bruce Molnia Saturday, 16 February 2019 at 6:00 PM

About the Presentation

Glaciers are the largest reservoir of fresh water on Earth. With colder climate conditions, glaciers expand. sea level falls, and seasonal mountain glacier runoff becomes available for agricultural- and potable-water consumption. With warmer climate conditions, glaciers shrink, sea level rises, and mountain glacier runoff decreases as mountain glaciers shrink and ultimately disappear. These climate-driven fluctuations impact trillions of dollars of human infrastructure and significantly affect the quantity, quality, and availability of water for human use. 


In 1989, Congress mandated that a National Climate Assessment report be prepared for Congress and the President no less than every four years that “1) integrates, evaluates, and interprets the findings of the U.S. Global Change Research Program; 2) analyzes the effects of global change on the natural environment, agriculture, energy production and use, land and water resources, transportation, human health and welfare, human social systems, and biological diversity; and 3) analyzes current trends in global climatic change, both anthropogenic and natural, and projects major trends for the subsequent 25 to 100 years.”

The latest, Volume II of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4), was released in late November 2018 and immediately received international attention. It focuses on the human welfare, societal, and environmental elements of climate change and variability on 10 specific regions of the US. It also presents 18 national topics, with particular attention paid to observed and projected risks, impacts, consideration of risk reduction, and implications under different mitigation pathways. This presentation summarizes and presents the findings of NCA4, focusing on the impacts of climate change on glaciers, sea level, and hydrologic systems.

About Out Speaker

Dr. Bruce Molnia, the newly elected Secretary of ECWG, has a career that encompasses more than five decades of exploration, research, community service, communication, public policy, and education. Molnia led and/or participated in more than 40 polar and sub-polar expeditions. He is a recipient of the Antarctic Service Medal (1968) and the namesake for Molnia Bluff in Antarctica’s Dry Valleys (2005). As early as 1965, Molnia conducted seismic studies in the Southern Ocean and Antarctic marginal seas from R.V. Eltanin. Since 1968, when he traversed the Juneau Icefield, Molnia’s research and exploration have focused on Alaska, especially understanding the response of Alaskan glaciers to changing climate, and the dynamics of tidewater and surging glaciers. 

Molnia has authored or co-authored more than 500 publications. Books that he has authored or edited include: Alaska’s Glaciers (1982), Glacial-Marine Sedimentation (1983), Proceedings of The Workshop on Arctic Contamination (1993), Glaciers of Alaska (2000), and Alaska (2008), a 550 page ‘chapter’ of The Satellite Image Atlas Of The Glaciers Of The World. More than 120 of Molnia’s publications are public policy articles in GSA TODAY, GEOTIMES, and other science policy publications. They address unique environmental and/or geo-political issues and topics and were designed to present a broad audience with basic science and policy information. Others were prepared for the Department of Justice for use in arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States, while others were prepared for Department of the Interior officials to provide peer-reviewed science for decision making concerning the safety of offshore oil and gas development.


  • Italian Wedding Soup
  • Lamb stew served over noodles with vegetables
  • tarte Tatin with Ice Cream.

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Deborah Bell
411 7th St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
ph 202-744-8700

Cost: $55 per person

No cancellations will be accepted after Tuesday evening, 12 Feburary 2018.


February 16
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Deborah Bell


The Cosmos Club
2121 Massachusetts Ave NW,
Washington DC, 20008 United States
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(202) 387-7783