RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — RTI International (RTI), a nonprofit research institute, has experts available for media interviews in advance of Earth Day – celebrated each year on April 22. RTI’s experts can speak to climate change and climate-related topics regarding water and flooding, the idea of using carbon capture to confront the climate crisis and the importance of implementing clean energy and climate change mitigation strategies on a global scale.
Jonathan Quebbeman, Ph.D., a senior water resources engineer within RTI’s Center for Water Resources, can speak to climate-related issues in relation to flood risks and flood trends. His work includes the hydrologic cycle from precipitation analysis, synthetic weather generation, vegetation influences, micro-climate, soil moisture movement, transpiration, and runoff generation. Dr. Quebbeman and his team recently received an award to help support the Texas Water Development Board in assessing water supply risk and evaluating trends against longer climatic records.
Marty Lail, Ph.D., is the senior director of carbon capture and conversion within RTI’s Energy and Technology Division. Dr. Lail can speak to RTI’s ongoing carbon capture effort—the process of preventing carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, then storing it deep under the earth’s surface where it returns to mineral form. RTI’s carbon capture process, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, is cost efficient and provides a climate-friendly solution for capturing and storing carbon dioxide emitted from fossil fuel power plants. Prior to his work at RTI, Dr. Lail held positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a current member of the American Chemical Society.
Robyn Camp, M.A., is the associate director of climate and energy within RTI’s International Development Group. Camp has 25 years of experience working towards low emissions development and launching successful initiatives in clean energy and climate change mitigation strategies. She helped the state of California develop and implement its groundbreaking global warming solutions program and has advised organizations in North America, Asia and Latin America on low carbon transformation, program development and implementation. Camp can speak to the importance of low carbon emissions and using greenhouse gas mitigation strategies as tools to combat the impacts of climate change worldwide.