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The Emergent Patterns of Climate Change

Presenter: Gavin Schmidt, NASA
Date: Sunday, May 4, 2014

From TED2014:

You can't understand climate change in pieces, says climate scientist Gavin Schmidt. It's the whole, or it's nothing. In this illuminating TED talk, he explains how he studies the big picture of climate change with mesmerizing models that illustrate the endlessly complex interactions of small-scale environmental events.

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, 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.

Topics:Climate and Climate Change, Human Impacts
Audience:General public, Informal education, High school, Higher education

TED 2014