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October 9, 2014



Paul selected as delegate to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

By Tom Roesler

The Association of American Geographers has selected Bimal Paul, professor of geography in the College of Arts & Sciences at Kansas State University, as one of the 10-member delegates to the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Dec. 1-12 in Lima, Peru.

On behalf of the Association of American Geographers, he also will serve as the on-site head of delegation.

"I am very happy and excited about attending the Conference of the Parties as one of delegates of the Association of American Geographers," Paul said. "This will provide me a great opportunity to learn more about global warming and interact with prominent climate change researchers, agency officials and policymakers. The experience I will gain from attending the conference will be useful for my personal and professional growth."

Much of Paul's work has been focused on topics related to climate change, particularly on agricultural adaptations to climate change and issues related to displacement of coastal residents due to sea level rise. Earlier this year, he co-authored the book, "Climate Change in Bangladesh: Confronting Impending Disasters," with Harun Rashid, professor emeritus at the geography and earth science department at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. The book was published by the Lexington Books.

"Bimal's outstanding record of scholarship, including groundbreaking work on the impact of climate change on coastal residents, places him among an elite group of social scientists who are examining the human face of global change," said Charles Martin, head of the K-State geography department. "The international recognition of being selected for this convention will benefit not only Dr. Paul, but also the geography department, Kansas State University and the many students he teaches in his undergraduate and graduate courses."

"This is a tremendous recognition by the leading professional society of geographers for Dr. Paul," said Peter Dorhout, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. "As global citizens, we remain intently interested in how climate change may affect our quality of life, and this international group of scholars will have a K-Stater leading much of this discussion."

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