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On Nov. 12, Meet Climate Models in New York City

Climate scientist Jason Smerdon, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Climate scientist Jason Smerdon of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory present an installation and panel discussion on Climate: Past, Present and Future. The event is part of Marfa Dialogues/New York, a city-wide program examining climate change science, environmental activism and artistic practice.

Flora Lichtman, a freelance video journalist whose work has appeared on NPR’s Science Friday and in The New York Times and Popular Science, will host a discussion with climate scientists Michela Biasutti, Kátia Fernandes, Dorothy Peteet, Richard Seager and Jason Smerdon on ways to make the study of our climate and adaptation to it more accessible and understandable.

We’ll also show photographs from our 2014 Climate Models calendar, which features portraits of these climate scientists and describes how they collect data, measure changes in the environment over time and analyze this information to understand past, present and future climate.

Climate science communication often focuses on results of studies or implications for policy, revealing little about the broad scope of climate science, what the process of doing research involves and the diverse group of people behind it. Our goal is to humanize science and increase understanding of current climate research. Who’s studying Earth’s climate? Why? Where? How? And what are they learning? Panelists will explore these questions and discuss creative methods that can be used to better communicate climate science to the public.

Tuesday, November 12

Rauschenberg Project Space
455 W. 19th Street (between 9th & 10th Aves)
New York, NY

Free! No RSVP required.

Please visit the event website for more details, and learn more about the 2014 Climate Models calendar at

Banner featuring a collage of extreme heat images.

Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

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