The 115th Sustainability Salon will be all about climate modeling. We'll learn about the history of climate modeling, the latest IPCC report, types of models, radiative forcing, climate feedbacks, uncertainties, policy factors, and how we can test models with field measurements, satellite observations, and other data. We'll be meeting via Zoom, and speakers will include:
Chris E. Forest is a professor of Climate Dynamics and the director of the Penn State Center for Earth System Modeling, Analysis, and Data; he was also a lead author on the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report. His research focuses on climate dynamics, quantifying uncertainty in climate predictions, and assessing climate risks.
Hamish Gordon is an assistant research professor at Carnegie Mellon University, studying the interaction of atmospheric particles (both natural aerosols and pollution) with clouds and climate.
L. Ray Roberts, a longtime local leader for Citizens Climate Lobby, will demonstrate MIT's En-ROADS interactive modeling tool -- which anybody can use to quantify the effects of different climate policies.
Joining us for a panel discussion about all these approaches to understanding and predicting climate will be Daniel Kirk-Davidoff, a climate dynamicist whose current research focuses on renewable energy forecasting.
If you haven't been here before, you may enjoy checking out our roof garden and solar installation (and now apiary!) as well as the many other green and interesting things around our place. If interested folks are online and everything is working smoothly by around 3:30, perhaps I can conduct a virtual tour.