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Keynotes

In 2016, the Fall Meeting offered four Keynote Lectures, each covering a different and exciting topic applicable across all fields of Earth and space science. These engaging lectures covered a broad array of subject material and included the Presidential Forum and Union Agency speakers, as well as the Frontiers Lecture panelists.

All Keynote Lectures were held in Moscone North, Hall E and included the following individuals.

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco – Presidential Forum
12:30 P.M – 1:15 P.M.
Monday, 12 December

H.S.H. Prince Albert, Alexandre, Louis, Pierre, Sovereign Prince of Monaco, Marquis of Baux, was born on 14th March 1958. H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco acceded to the throne on July 12, 2005. The following year, he created the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, which continues his personal commitment for the protection of the environment by supporting sustainable, ethical and innovative projects around the world, with a focus on three main challenges: fighting against climate change and promoting renewable energy; combating the loss of biodiversity; and preserving water resources.

In January 2009, Prince Albert II of Monaco undertook a scientific journey in the Antarctic. This journey follows upon two other expeditions realized in Arctic in 2005 (Spitzberg) and 2006 when he reached the North Pole by sledge. H.S.H. the Prince received, among others, the Teddy Roosevelt medal at the United States Congress, the Roger Revelle prize at the University of California in San Diego, and the B.A.U.M Environmental award in Hamburg. These distinctions were awarded to him in acknowledgement of his actions towards environmental protection.

Frontiers of Geophysics Lecture: Shifting the Energy Mix in a Post-Paris World
Panel Discussion 

12:30 P.M – 1:30 P.M.
Tuesday, 13 December

The panel will present economic, scientific and industry viewpoints on future energy demand, the shifting energy mix/energy trade offs and the economic, social, and political drivers of those shifts in a post Paris COP21 world. Questions to be explored include: How does the work to meet COP21 agreements get done on the ground? Where are the trade-offs in the energy mix that will allow for rapid decarbonization without undermining economic growth and electrification in developing nations like India? And what role can scientists play in asking and answering key questions in achieving this massive transition?

Moderated by: Greg Dalton, Climate One

Panelists:
Marilyn Brown
School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology
Howard Gruenspecht
Deputy Administrator, U.S. Energy Information Administration
David Nagel
Former Executive Vice President, BP
Veerabhadran Ramanathan
Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Special Lecture: California Governor Jerry Brown
9:30 A.M – 10:00 A.M.
Wednesday, 14 December

Special Session: The Shifting Landscape for Science
10:20 A.M – 11:20 A.M.
Wednesday, 14 December

The recent election of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and new members of Congress have introduced new uncertainties in terms of the strength of federal support for scientific investment, trust in scientific integrity, and the level of support for educating and developing the next generation of scientists. AGU will host a special session with guest speakers and a Q&A moderated by AGU Executive Director/CEO Chris McEntee. The session will explore ways AGU can work with and provide support to scientists during this period of uncertainty.

Confirmed Speakers:

Lexi Shultz; Director, AGU Public Affairs
Daniel Kammen; Director of Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), Professor in the Energy and Resources Group Energy and Resources Group (ERG), and Professor of Public Policy Goldman School of Public Policy at University of California, Berkeley
Katharine Hayhoe; Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Director, Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University
Eric Davidson; AGU President-Elect, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Appalachian Laboratory

Sally Jewell – Special Lecture
Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior

12:30 P.M – 1:30 P.M.
Wednesday, 14 December

Jewell has worked to ensure that public lands are accessible and relevant to all people from all backgrounds, and to build a connection between the great outdoors and a new generation of Americans. As Secretary of the Interior, she leads an agency with more than 70,000 employees. Interior serves as steward for approximately 20 percent of the nation’s lands, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, and other public lands; oversees the responsible development of conventional and renewable energy supplies on public lands and waters; is the largest supplier and manager of water in the 17 Western states; and upholds trust responsibilities to the 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

In nominating Jewell as Secretary, President Obama said, “She is an expert on the energy and climate issues that are going to shape our future. She is committed to building our nation-to-nation relationship with Indian Country. She knows the link between conservation and good jobs. She knows that there’s no contradiction between being good stewards of the land and our economic progress; that in fact, those two things need to go hand in hand.” Prior to her confirmation on April 12, 2013, Jewell served in the private sector, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer of Recreation Equipment, Inc. (REI). Jewell joined REI as Chief Operating Officer in 2000 and was named CEO in 2005. During her tenure, REI nearly tripled in business to $2 billion and was consistently ranked one of the 100 best companies to work for by Fortune Magazine.

Marcia McNutt – Union Agency Lecturer
Geophysicist and the 22nd President of the National Academy of Sciences

12:30 P.M – 1:30 P.M.
Thursday, 15 December

From 2013 to 2016, McNutt was editor-in-chief of Science journals. She was also director of the U.S. Geological Survey from 2009 to 2013, during which time USGS responded to a number of major disasters, including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. For her work to help contain that spill, McNutt was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard’s Meritorious Service Medal. She is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Geological Society of America, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Association of Geodesy. Her honors include membership in the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1998, McNutt was awarded AGU’s Macelwane Medal for research accomplishments by a young scientist, and she received the Maurice Ewing Medal in 2007 for her contributions to deep-sea exploration. McNutt has a B.A. in physics, Colorado College; and a Ph.D. in Earth sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.