Annual Distinguished Speaker: Dr. Gavin Schmidt

March 21, 2019

Department of Geography co-hosts1) the annual Distinguished Speaker event on March 21-22. The 2019 Distinguished Speaker is Gavin Schmidt, Director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.

Date/Time: Thursday March 21st, 2:30-4:00 pm
Location: KEY Presentation Studio (ASB 10900)
Title: The role of complex modeling in climate science
The seminar will be followed by a light reception.
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Abstract: When climate models first emerged some 40 years ago, it was unclear whether anything useful could be obtained from the necessarily crude representations of climate processes contained within them. But in the subsequent four decades, the early successes in prediction and understanding been replicated many times, and climate models have emerged as a dominant tool in discussing past, present and future climate change. I will discuss the history of climate modeling, the ‘philosophy’ of model development and the new challenges posed by the onset of ‘big data’.

Speaker Bio: Gavin Schmidt is the Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and works on the simulation of climate in the past, present and possible futures. He was the author with Joshua Wolfe of "Climate Change: Picturing the Science" in 2009, and in 2011 was the inaugural recipient of the AGU Climate Communications Prize. He is a fellow of the AGU and AAAS. His 2014 TED Talk (in Vancouver) has been viewed over a million times.

1)  This event is co-hosted by SFU Department of Geography and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.