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Dr. Robert Giegengack

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Professor of Earth and Environmen...

Friars
241 S. 6Th Street Suite 1603
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 19106
United States

Company Description: Friars is one of three senior societies open to active Penn students and is responsible for a number of Penn traditions including the addition of Hey Day's Senior...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Chairman of the Department of Earth and Environmental Science
    University of Pennsylvania
  • Professor of Earth and Environmental Science
    University of Pennsylvania
  • Chairman
    University of Pennsylvania's and Environmental Sciences Department
  • Geologist
    Ivy League
  • League Geologist
    Ivy League

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Professor Emeritus of Earth and Environmental Science
    University of Pennsylvania
  • Professor Emeritus
    Earth & Environmental Science in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Director
    Summer Course

Education

  • PhD , Geology
    Yale University
  • BA , Geology
    Yale University
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Web References
Friars Senior Society - The University of Pennsylvania
www.friarsseniorsociety.com, 22 Dec 2014 [cached]
Robert Giegengack - Professor of Earth and Environmental Science
Feeding Cities 2013
www.feedingcities.com, 20 Jan 2015 [cached]
Robert Giegengack - Professor Emeritus of Earth & Environmental Science, School of Arts and Sciences - University of Pennsylvania Feeding Cities 2013
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Robert Giegengack
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Robert Giegengack is Professor Emeritus of Earth & Environmental Science in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania and has been on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania since 1968. He received his BA and PhD in Geology from Yale University (1960, 1968) and his MS in Geology from the University of Colorado (1962). Dr. Giegengack established the undergraduate major in Environmental Studies at Penn in 1972, and has been undergraduate advisor for that major and for the Geology major in the years since. He is also Faculty Director of the Master of Environmental Studies (MES) program, which currently enrolls ~150 students. He has also been Director of Penn's Summer Course in Geologic Field Methods, based at the facility of the Yellowstone-Bighorn Research Association (YBRA) in Red Lodge, MT. Dr. Giegengack teaches courses in Environmental Analysis, Paleoclimatology, Environmental Geology, and Field Geology. He has also developed a series of Academically Based Community-Service courses in urban environmental public health that focus on the hazard of lead-based paint in residential buildings, teenage smoking, and environmental triggers of asthma attacks. He studies geologic archives that enable paleoclimatologists to reconstruct the history of environmental change, primarily climate change, during the very long period of time (~4.5 billion years) that preceded acquisition, during the last ~200 years, of the instrumental meteorological record. That work provides a useful time perspective on environmental processes currently under way, and an evolutionary perspective on the physical, biologic, and social configuration of the modern world. He has pursued field work on every continent except Australia.
AE Systems Limited
www.aesystemsltd.com, 18 June 2013 [cached]
Dr. Robert Giegengack, University of Pennsylvania Professor Emeritus of earth and environmental science opines:
Temperature, not our emissions, controls CO2 - Climate Physics
climatephysics.com, 15 May 2013 [cached]
Ivy League geologist Dr. Robert Giegengack, former chair of Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania, spoke out in 2007 against fears of rising CO2 impacts promoted by Gore and others.
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Giegengack noted
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Ivy League geologist Dr. Robert Giegengack, the chair of Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania, spoke out against fears of rising CO2 impacts promoted by Gore and others.
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Giegengack does not even consider global warming among the top ten environmental problems.
"In terms of [global warming's] capacity to cause the human species harm, I don't think it makes it into the top 10," Giegengack said in an interview in the May/June 2007 issue of the Pennsylvania Gazette. (LINK) Giegengack also noted "for most of Earth's history, the globe has been warmer than it has been for the last 200 years. It has rarely been cooler.
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As temperature rises, CO2 rises, and vice versa," Giegengack explained. "It's hard for us to say that CO2 drives temperature. It's easier to say temperature drives CO2," he added. (LINK) "The driving mechanism is exactly the opposite of what Al Gore claims, both in his film and in that book. It's the temperature that, through those 650,000 years, controlled the CO2; not the CO2 that controlled the temperature," he added. (LINK)
"Certain 'feedback loops' naturally control the levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. A warmer temperature drives gases out of solution in the ocean and releases them," he continued. "[Today, humans] are putting 6.5 billion tons of fossil-fuel carbon into the atmosphere, and only 3.5 billion is staying there, so 3 billion tons is going somewhere else. In the past, when the Earth's climate rose, CO2 came out of the ocean, the soils, and the permafrost. Today as temperatures rise, excess CO2 is instead going into those and other reservoirs. This reversed flux is very important. Because of this, if we reduced the rate at which we put carbon into the atmosphere, it won't reduce the concentration in the atmosphere; CO2 is just going to come back out of these reservoirs … If we were to stop manufacturing CO2 tomorrow, we wouldn't see the effects of that for generations," Giegengack said.
That would be a worthy goal, ...
knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu, 3 Oct 2013 [cached]
That would be a worthy goal, notes Robert Giegengack, professor of earth and environmental science at the University of Pennsylvania.
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