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The Development of Computer Earth Systems Models: Climate Change in the 20th and 21st Century with Warren M. Washington

Date: 10:20am PDT February 14 PST Location: Agnes Flanagan Chapel

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    Warren M. Washington

Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Pioneers in climate research have unraveled the fundamentals of how Earth’s climate and global system works but many research questions remain unanswered. For over a half of a century we have made substantial progress on the development of better climate and earth system models. A historical review of such model developments will be presented with examples of future improvements that will make the models even more useful for vulnerability, mitigation, and adaptation studies of future climate change. Observational and model studies will provide new knowledge that will make 21st century assessments of both national and global environmental changes more useful for the public and policymakers. 

 

About Warren M. Washington

Warren M. Washington, Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado was among the first scientists to pioneer the development of climate models that are used for evaluation of humankind’s impact on the global environment. He has worked the causes of climate change including global warming. Over the last 40 years, he has had Presidential Appointments under the Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and G.W. Bush administrations and he has served on many science committees and the including National Science Board, which he chaired from 2002 to 2006. He is a former President of the American Meteorological Society, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Science, and the American Philosophical Society. President Obama awarded him the National Medal of Science in 2010.

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