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Modeling Climate Change

Modeling Climate Change

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Monday, January 8, 2018/Categories: natural history, video, space science, sustainability, art and design, environment, climate change

            NASA Climate Scientist Gavin Schmidt (credit: Williams College)

Climate change effects can be observed at a micro-scale, phytoplankton in the oceans, to a macro-scale, global weather patterns and everywhere inbetween. How to connect all these levels accurately so they tell a complete story? That is the challenge of building climate models.

NASA scientist Gavin Schmidt says you can't understand climate change in pieces but only as a whole. As more and more data becomes available from all forms of environmental, physical, and biological investigations the climate change models, originally developed in the 1970's and 1980's, continue becoming more and more exact in both their predictions and real-world observations. The issue then becomes how do we utilize them?NASA researcher Gavin Schmidt shows that you can't understand climate change in pieces. To understand the full dimension of what is evolving, it requirea a big-data, 'big picture' approach and he has the models to prove it.



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