NASA Scientist To Discuss Climate Change

Dr. Gavin A. Schmidt, head of NASA GISS. Image credit: B. FIeld

Dr. Gavin A. Schmidt, head of NASA GISS. Image credit: B. FIeld

January 23, 2015 – Dr. Gavin Schmidt, a climatologist from NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies, will be giving a free public lecture about climate change at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder this afternoon. Schmidt will discuss why and how Earth’s climate varies over time.

As the Director of GISS and Principal Investigator for the GISS ModelE Earth System Model, Schmidt is interested in understanding past, present and future climate and the impacts of multiple drivers of climate change, including solar irradiance, atmospheric chemistry, aerosols, and greenhouse gases. He’ll discuss how new observations of past climate change allow scientists to go back to the beginning to gain a better appreciation of what’s happening in the present. He will also discuss how climate models and observations can give us a better view of future climate trends.

The CIRES Distinguished Lecture Series features scientists, historians of science, science policy makers, science journalists, and others who take imaginative positions on environmental issues, and can establish enduring connections after their departure. Participants interests embrace those of the University departments and programs, and the NOAA labs affiliated with CIRES.

The lecture will be held from 4:00-5:00 pm in the CIRES Auditorium, Room 338, University of Colorado Boulder. A reception will follow in the CIRES Atrium.

For more information, contact Linda Pendergrass, 303-492-1595, linda.pendergrass@colorado.edu