What goes into a climate model? Gavin Schmidt looks at how we use past and present data to model potential futures.

Why you should listen

Gavin Schmidt is a climate scientist at Columbia University's Earth Institute and is Deputy Chief at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. He works on understanding past, present and future climate change, using ever-more refined models and data sets to explore how the planet's climate behaves over time.
Schmidt is also deeply committed to communicating science to the general public. As a contributing editor at RealClimate.org, he helps make sure general readers have access to the basics of climate science, and works to bring the newest data and models into the public discussion around one of the most pressing issues of our time. He has worked with the American Museum of Natural History and the New York Academy of Sciences on education and public outreach, and he is the author of Climate Change: Picturing the Science, with Josh Wolfe.

What others say

“It is expected that there will be discrepancies between models and observations. However, why these arise and what one should conclude from them are interesting and more subtle than most people realize. Indeed, such discrepancies are the classic way we learn something new.” — Gavin Schmidt on RealClimate.org

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Why models of climate change matter: Gavin Schmidt at TED2014

March 18, 2014

Gavin Schmidt is the author of Climate Change: Picturing the Science, described by Popular Mechanics as “the first book anyone seeking a layman’s understanding of the science of global warming should read.” He’s here to talk about the environment and the models we’ve built to understand this astonishingly complex issue. Because, for one thing, you can’t just […]

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