Climate Clarity and Complexity

While the basics of greenhouse-driven global warming are clear, translating these into specific local and regional impacts remains challenging — including how warm it will get and what will happen to regional weather patterns, particularly precipitation. NOAA administrator Kathryn Sullivan, who blends a global view gained through three missions as a Space Shuttle astronaut with expertise in oceanography and geology, explains how investments in computer models and Earth-observing systems, from satellites to ocean probes, can provide vital foresight in a turbulent age. Sullivan will describe the agency’s Environmental Intelligence initiative, aimed at boosting communities’ resilience to extreme weather and related hazards in a time of accelerating climate and coastal change.

Festival: 2015

Watch and Listen: Climate

Fossil fuel is plentiful, energy use is surging, and carbon emissions continue to climb. In December, global diplomats... See more
Charles C. Mann and James Fallows are featured in this discussion. See more
In Conversation with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Hari Sreenivasan. See more
A conversation between US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and the Aspen Institute's David Monsma. See more
Brian Enquist, an expert in ecology and evolutionary biology, brings to life a geographic inventory of forest assets... See more
Today’s North American energy headlines — about the shale revolution, the next generation of transport fuels, the... See more

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