Cancelled--Climate Change Discussion

March 21, 2020 - 11:00 AM
Cape Perpetua Visitor Center
2400 US-Hwy 101
Yachats, OR
Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve Collaborative, Siuslaw National Forest

Coquille Valley flooded during a king tide, a preview of sea level rise.\Photo by Alex Derr, supported by Lighthawk.

Cancelled:  This event has been cancelled as a precaution in addressing the coronavirus situation.  The organizers intend to reschedule.

Andreas Schmittner, a professor of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, will speak on “Climate Change:  Hoax or Apocalypse?” at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center as part of the Cape Perpetua Winter Speaker Series.  The presentation takes place on Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m., at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center (2400 U.S. Hwy 101), about three miles south of Yachats. 

This interactive presentation will outline the scientific evidence for recently observed climate change, human and natural causes, impacts on ecosystems and people, and possible solutions. Audience participation in discussions and questions will be encouraged.

Dr. Schmittner is a scientist interested in Earth's climate system as a whole. Most of his work is focused on the oceans—their physics, biology, chemistry and variability on decadal to millennial time scales. He seeks to understand the causes for today's global deep overturning circulation, how and why it has changed in the past, how it may change in the future due to natural or human influences, and how it impacts climate, ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles.

The event is free, but a Northwest Forest Pass, Oregon Coast Passport, federal recreation pass, or $5 day-use fee is required within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area and at some trailheads and day use sites. For more information on this event, contact the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center at (541) 547-3289, or e-mail