One of the country's leading climate scientists will present public talks on climate change April 7 and 8 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Michael Mann is director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center, and was a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore in 2007.

Mann will speak at 7:30 p.m. April 7 on his 2008 book, "Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming," co-authored with Lee Jump, in Hardin Hall auditorium, 33rd and Holdrege streets.

He'll also speak at 3:30 p.m. April 8 on "Climate Change: What Can We Learn from Past Centuries?" That talk will be in 117 Bessey Hall as part of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences' Stout Lecture Series.

Both talks are free and open to the public.

Mann's research includes model/data comparisons aimed at understanding the long-term behavior of the climate.

Reach Algis J. Laukaitis at 402-473-7243 or alaukaitis@journalstar.com.

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