It was wonderful to see so many New York 'Canes at our recent We Are One U event in New York on September 26th. The welcome that President Frenk received from the University of Miami alumni community was incredible, and we are so grateful that more than 300 of you were there! President Frenk shared perspectives on the position of higher education institutions nationally and called on the University of Miami community to plan not just for our 100th anniversary but for the 200th. Dr. Ben Kirtman, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, gave an engaging ‘Cane Talk about the unprecedented work the University of Miami has done to create the most accurate prediction models for extreme flooding in the days and decades to come.
President Frenk joined the University of Miami as our sixth president and holds an academic appointment as Professor of Public Health Sciences. President Frenk joins us at a moment of tremendous excitement and promise. Learn more about the exciting ideas that are forming the University’s Roadmap to Our Next Century.
Superstorm Sandy and other severe weather events have revealed the vulnerability of New York City and other coastal communities. Predictions of sea level rise have elected officials, city planners, emergency management experts and home owners scrambling to prepare for an unclear future. In his lab at the University of Miami, scientist Ben Kirtman is using one of the world’s largest supercomputers to more accurately predict the risk of severe flooding – in the next few weeks and the next few decades.
Ben Kirtman is a Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. He is known internationally for his cutting edge work on complex computer models that are bringing unprecedented detail to climate change measurement. He leads the UM’s Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies and the Center for Computational Science’s Climate and Environmental Hazards Program. Professor Kirtman is a global leader on climate variability serving as an advisor to the United Nations and other multi-national organizations.