ASMD’s Patrick Campbell to Give Keynote Address at Climate Outreach Event

August 2019

Dr. Patrick Campbell, an Air Quality Meteorologist at ARL’s ASMD, will give the keynote address at the Books Motivate Foundation’s 2019 National Climate Outreach Program Breakfast of Champions fundraiser on August 31, 2019. This event is taking place in Washington, D.C. during the 2019 National Book Festival. His talk, “Tipping points in the climate system: Global and national concerns for U.S. citizens and policymakers,” will focus on the implications of future climate change at a high level, as well as feedback loops, policy concerns, and the importance of educating and engaging students on the topic.

Dr. Campbell will also share his expert opinion and constructive comments on the positive aspects of the inaugural winning student essay funded by the Books Motivate Foundation’s newly-formed National Climate Outreach Program and book publication campaign. The organization aspires to raise public awareness of climate change and climate responsibility through an annual student essay competition; eventually culminating in the publication of a book comprised of winning essays written by high school students from every U.S. state. This year’s winning essay was written by a high school student in West Virginia.

This type of engagement is not new to Campbell who, as a Certified Consulting Meteorologist for the American Meteorological Society (AMS), receives numerous inquiries ranging from research, to consulting, to outreach, and also serves on review panels for both AMS and the American Geophysical Union. Campbell is passionate about helping protect the environment, ecosystems, human health, and infrastructure, noting “I believe it is critical that we as scientists try to engage all communities on the issues of human-induced climate change or economically motivated practices which disregard environmental impact.” In his role at ASMD, Campbell leads air composition, emissions, and air-surface exchange research and development (R&D) to support and advance the National Weather Service’s National Air Quality Forecasting Capability and is involved in the R&D of next-generation global emissions, chemistry, and aerosol prediction systems.

* Dr. Campbell’s participation in this event is not related to his duties at ARL. His views and opinions are personal and do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA or the Department of Commerce.

Photo of Dr. Patrick Campbell