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Waterman Lecture: Past climates inform our future

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A recording is now available from the 2022 Waterman Award lecture by Jessica Tierney entitled "Past climates inform our future."

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Lecture Abstract
Human emissions have driven the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere to a level higher than any time in the last two million years. Already, we are seeing the effects of climate change in our own backyards: drought, floods, more intense storms and sea level rise. But what does the future hold? To get an idea, we can look to past climates on Earth, such as “greenhouse worlds,” to learn what a warmer world looks like and how weather and climate behave. These ancient climates can help us prepare for the future.

This lecture is part of a three-part series featuring the laureates of the 2022 Alan T. Waterman award, the nation's highest honor for early-career scientists and engineers. 

To learn more about the 2022 Alan T. Waterman award please visit the Alan T. Waterman award website.

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