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The Science of Climate: A High Degree of Difficulty

Predicting the weather for next week sometimes seems like a stretch, so how do scientists hope to forecast climate in the more distant future?  It turns out there are a variety of methods and tools being applied by a host of scientists to get at the answers.  Dr. Adam Sobel, a professor at Columbia University, is one of those scientists.  He has been working on a variety of models to look at both specific details and broad trends in the evolution of our climate. He also hosts a podcast at deep-convection.org where he speaks with other climate scientists on their lives and careers. In this episode, he stops by STEM Spots to discuss the methods used and the lessons learned from modeling our climate. Listen to the segment below.



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Dr. David Cornelison has been working as an educator and scientist in Arizona and Missouri universities for the last 25 years. Since 2010, he has been the head of the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science at Missouri State University. His research interests lie at the intersection of experimental condensed-matter physics and astrophysics, while his educational efforts have focused on outreach to the K-12 school system. Most of all, he believes in curiosity-driven learning in the sciences and all other fields.