Climate Research: Time for a New Direction, Kerry Emanuel

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, noon-12:30 p.m. (EST)
Climate Research: Time for a New Direction
MIT Professor Explores a New Direction in Climate Research

Professor Kerry Emanuel

Research aimed at predicting future climate activity has primarily focused on exceptionally large and complex numerical models. While this approach has provided some quantitative estimates of climate change, those predictions can vary greatly from one model to the next and produce significant uncertainties in the projected outcome. Attempts to reduce these uncertainties have largely failed.

In this broadcast, Professor Kerry Emanuel of MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences will discuss a new approach to climate science that emphasizes basic understanding over black box simulation.

After Emanuel presents a brief overview of climate research, he will take questions from the worldwide MIT community via video chat on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from noon to 12:30 p.m. (EST).

Emanuel is a cofounder of the Lorenz Center, an MIT think tank devoted to understanding climate activity, and the author of What We Know about Climate Change, which The New York Times called “the single best thing written about climate change for a general audience.”

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013

Time: Noon-12:30 p.m. (EST)

Faculty Forum Online live webcast and interactive chat

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