A Perspective on the Importance of VASE
Alan K. Betts, July 20, 2011
The Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering (VASE) was established with three purposes:
- To recognize outstanding achievement and contributions in the broadly defined areas of science and/or engineering
- stimulate critical thinking
- To foster a deeper understanding and promote discourse on scientific and technical matters among the citizens of the State of Vermont
- To provide expert and impartial technical advice to the people and the government of the State of Vermont
Elected as President of VASE 2005-2007, I was prompted to address the second and third purposes in my area of expertise: climate science.
Since 2005, I have given over 100 talks around the State to a wide range of citizen, professional business and student groups on climate change and its impact on Vermont. I have written over 40 articles for the environment page in the Rutland Herald and Montpelier Times-Argus, which I helped start in 2008. I am a VPR commentator. The public can access all my articles, talks and research papers on my web-site http://alanbetts.com.
I chaired two working groups of the Governor's Climate Change Commission (2006-2007), dealing with public education and engagement and climate change adaptation; and co-chaired the working group of the Vermont Climate Collaborative (2008-2011) dealing with the same issues for the State. I published some background research1,2 to address Vermont climate change issues. I have worked closely with the Agency of Natural Resources in the development of their climate change adaptation page (http://www.anr.state.vt.us/anr/climatechange/Adaptation.html). For this I drafted the overview white paper, Climate Change in Vermont3 and reviewed the other white papers.
None of this was at any cost to VASE or the State, but my membership and presidency of VASE gave me a platform to start this work - which has been of great benefit to the State.
References (available at http://alanbetts.com/research)
1. Betts, A. K. (2011), Seasonal Climate Transitions in New England. Weather, 66, (in press). DOI: 10.1002/wea.754.
2. Betts, A. K. (2011), Vermont Climate Change Indicators. Weather, Climate and Society, 3, doi: 10.1175/2011WCAS1096.1. (in press).
3. Betts, A.K. (2011): Climate Change in Vermont. Atmospheric Research Report, prepared for Agency of Natural Resources, State of Vermont.
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