Kate Marvel: Climate Change: Past, Present, and Future

Abstract: It’s now unequivocal that human activities are changing the climate. The world is 1.2°C hotter than it was before the Industrial Revolution, and this is already having profound consequences for everyone who lives on the planet. But the climate has changed before – how do we know the most recent trends are attributable to humans? And what can past climate change teach us about what lies in store? In this seminar, we’ll discuss how scientists use multiple tools – climate models and tree rings, historical records, and satellite observations – to answer these questions.

Bio: Kate Marvel is a Research Physical Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. She served as Chapter Lead for Climate Trends on the Fifth National Climate Assessment. Before joining NASA, she served on the User Advisory Group for the National Space Council, advising Vice President Harris and the Space Council. Her book Human Nature: Climate Science in Nine Emotions will be published by Ecco Press in 2025. Kate has a background in theoretical astrophysics, which is how she knows that Earth is the only good planet.

Hosted by The 2030 Project: A Cornell Climate Initiative – harnessing the collaborative scholarship, science, innovation, and entrepreneurialism of a world-class research university to scale tangible climate solutions.

This event is presented as part of the 2024 Perspectives on the Climate Change Challenge Seminar Series:

Most Mondays, Spring Semester 2024, 2:55-4:10pmVia ZoomThis university-wide seminar series is open to the public (via Zoom), and provides important views on the critical issue of climate change, drawing from many perspectives and disciplines. Experts from Cornell University and beyond present an overview of the science of climate change and climate change models, the implications for agriculture, ecosystems, and food systems, and provide important economic, ethical, and policy insights on the issue. The seminar is being organized and sponsored by the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering and Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability.

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