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Colloquia

ics Colloquium
Friday, February 5, 2016
3:30 PM
Physics Building, Room 203
Note special room.
Michael Mann [Host: GPSA]
Pennsylvania State Univ.
"The Physics of Climate Change"
 
 Slideshow (PDF)
ABSTRACT:

I will review the basic underlying science of climate and climate change, including physically-based models of Earth's climate. I will motivate the use of a simple, zero-dimensional "Energy Balance Model" of Earth's radiative balance that can be used to estimate the global mean surface temperature of Earth. I will show how this model successfully reproduces the observed historical changes in global temperature, and how it can be used to assess various questions about future human-caused climate change.

 

VIDEO:

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