Paleoclimate – Digging into the Past to Chart Our Future

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Join for an evening with two renowned researchers—Richard Alley, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences and an Associate of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Penn State, and Gavin Schmidt, Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies—as they talk about their exciting work weaving together paleoclimate data and computer models to understand the future.As human activities drive Earth’s rapidly changing climate, there is an urgent need to build better models that help us predict and prepare for our future. These models need robust data that stretch far back in time. Enter: the fossil record – a storehouse of climate evidence that paleontologists are getting better and better at deciphering.

Following their talks, Rachel Gross, a science editor at, will moderate a discussion and audience Q&A.

This program is part of the National Museum of Natural History’s Earth’s Temperature History Symposium* March 29-31, 2018.

*Support provided by Roland and Debra Sauermann.


National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater
14th Street & Constitution Ave., NW
Washington DC 20013

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