Gavin Schmidt - Progress and prospects for better climate models (and what does that even mean?)

Event type: 
15 August 2019
2.00pm - 3.00pm

Climate Change Research Centre, Seminar Room, Mathews Building 4th floor, UNSW, Sydney

Dr. Gavin Schmidt
Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA
Climate Change Research Centre

Almost every paper* published in climate science claims to present results that will need to be incorporated into climate models to make them 'better'. But the question 'better for what?' rarely gets discussed. Gavin will discuss the business of climate model development including the frustrations, the successes, the prospects for near-term improvement, what we've really learned over the last ten years, and what might really improve over the next ten. 

*not really.



Brief Biography: Gavin Schmidt is the Director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) at NASA and a Principal Investigator for the GISS ModelE Earth System Model. Gavin is interested in understanding past, present and future climate and the impacts of multiple drivers of climate change, including solar irradiance, atmospheric chemistry, aerosols, and greenhouse gases. Gavin appears frequently in the media commenting on climate and climate change issues and is a co-founder of the “Real Climate” blog, one of the most influential blogs in climate outreach and research. Gavin has also received several awards including the Inaugural Climate Communications Prize by the American Geophysical Union and the 2007 Nobel Peace prize by the work with the IPCC.