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Welcome to the 2007 Briefing Series for Members of Congress and Staff

This year's theme is "USGS Climate Change Science: Exploring the Past, Observing the Present, Forecasting the Future"

Previous Congressional Briefings

Second in the 2007 series

Climate Change: Consider the Energy Mix (The Importance of USGS Energy Resource Information to Climate Change Response Strategies)

In the coming decades, climate change may significantly affect how we choose to use energy resources. Decisionmakers need accurate information about national and global resources, both conventional and unconventional, to develop realistic energy mix scenarios, climate change models and response strategies. Come hear how USGS and its partners are working to provide the science needed by policymakers as they develop the right energy mix to help ensure a healthy planet, a strong economy, and a secure Nation for future generations.

Date: July 27, 2007


CCSP logoPeter Schultz
Office Director, Climate Change Science Program

USGS IdentifierBrenda Pierce
USGS Energy Resources Program Coordinator
U.S. Geological Survey

NETL logoRay Boswell
Methane Hydrate R&D Program Manager
National Energy Technology Laboratory
U.S. Department of Energy

Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: 1334 Longworth House Office Building

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Speaker Biographies

Peter Schultz is the Office Director of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program Office (CCSPO). His current responsibilities include management of CCSPO's program-wide scientific integration, planning, prioritization, and assessment activities through coordination with the CCSP Director (a senior manager from NOAA), the CCSP Principals, and the CCSP Interagency Working Groups. He joined CCSPO in 2004 as the Associate Director for Science Integration. Prior to that he worked for several years at the National Academies where he directed or co-directed a dozen scientific studies related to global environmental variability and change. He also directed the creation of the National Academies new museum exhibition on climate change. Schultz has also worked at the NOAA Climate Analysis Center on global-scale remote sensing of vegetation, and as a post-doc at Penn State on integrated assessment of climate change. He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geosciences from Penn State where he conducted research using climate, carbon cycle, and integrated assessment models. He holds a B.S. in Geology from Virginia Tech.

Brenda Pierce is the Program Coordinator of the Energy Resources Program at the U.S. Geological Survey. As such, she manages the domestic and international research conducted at the USGS focused on oil, gas, coal, coalbed methane, natural gas hydrates, geothermal, uranium, and oil shale, and the environmental impacts of energy occurrence and use. Before joining the Energy Resources Program, Brenda was project chief of the USGS National Coal Resource Assessment. Prior to that, Brenda led an international USAID-funded program to explore for and assess coal resources in the former Soviet Union. Pierce’s primary area of expertise is organic petrology with an emphasis on coal geology and coal quality. She has led or been part of research teams studying coalbed methane, predicting coal quality, reconstructing depositional environments, predicting acid mine drainage, and studying the geology and quality of coals around the world. She is a member of a number of professional organizations and has published broadly in a variety of research and technical journals.

Ray Boswell currently manages the field implementation of the DOE's research and development program in natural gas hydrates from the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown, WV. He chairs an Interagency group representing seven agencies, which has recently authored long-range and near-term roadmaps for determining gas hydrates' resource potential and role in the natural environment. Ray received his Bachelor's degree in geology from the College of William and Mary, and Master's and Ph.D in stratigraphy and sedimentology from West Virginia University.

For information on the USGS Climate Change Science briefing series, please call 703-648-4455.

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