NASA: Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

by Duane Nichols on January 4, 2018

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Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet: About Us

MISSION — The mission of “Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet” is to provide the public with accurate and timely news and information about Earth’s changing climate, along with current data and visualizations, presented from the unique perspective of NASA, one of the world’s leading climate research agencies.

Global Climate Change Web-Site:

SCIENCE ADVISORS — Listed from Internet web site:

Dr. Carmen Boening, Climate Scientist and Oceanographer — Dr. Carmen Boening has a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of Bremen, Germany. She is involved in JPL’s Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment (GRACE) and its follow-on mission, GRACE FO, to be launched in early 2018. Her research interests include the complex processes behind sea level rise, involving interactions between the ocean, atmosphere, land hydrology and land ice.

Dr. Erik Conway, Historian — Dr. Erik Conway is the historian at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, holding a Ph.D. in History of Science and Technology from the University of Minnesota. He writes on the history of Earth, planetary and space sciences in the 20th century, his most recent work entitled Exploration and Engineering: The Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Quest for Mars.

Dr. Michael Gunson, Atmospheric Scientist – With a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Bristol University, Dr. Michael Gunson is the Global Change and Energy program manager and an Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) project scientist. His research interests lie in atmospheric remote sensing, atmospheric composition and chemistry, and climate change. Prior to his present JPL roles, Dr. Gunson worked as a lead scientist for building the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument aboard NASA’s AQUA satellite and the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES) aboard the AURAsatellite.

Joe Witte, Climate Communicator — Joe Witte started his career as a glaciologist for the USGS, working on the ice of South Cascade Glacier, Wash. He has worked for network affiliate news stations in New York City, Seattle, Milwaukee and Philadelphia, and was NBC’s morning weatherman for 20 years. He currently advises NASA communications teams about how to adapt NASA science content for use by TV meteorologists.

Dr. Charles MIller, Atmospheric Scientist — Dr. Charles Miller received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. As a research scientist at JPL, his interests include atmospheric chemistry and carbon cycle science. He is the principal investigator of NASA’s Carbon in Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment (CARVE), which looks at atmospheric carbon dioxide and methane in the Arctic. He is also the JPL lead for the Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS)’s Monitoring Megacity CO2 Emissions from Space project, and a member of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) science team.

Dr. William Patzert, Oceanographer — NASA scientist Dr. William “Bill” Patzert has a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Hawaii. His research interests center on understanding and forecasting global and local climate change. He is a science communication expert and often appears in the print and social media and on local and national television and radio. He lectures widely and works with students from around the world.

Dr. Duane Waliser, Oceanographer – Dr. Duane Waliser has a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of California, San Diego. In addition to being JPL’s Earth Science and Technology Directorate’s chief scientist, he is an adjunct professor in the University of California, Los Angeles’s Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and a visiting associate in Caltech’s Geological and Planetary Sciences Division. His research includes focus on climate dynamics and variability, ocean-atmosphere interactions, water cycle and weather/climate predictability.

Dr. Josh Willis, Oceanographer — A project scientist for NASA’s Jason-3 satellite and principal investigator of the Oceans Melting Greenland campaign, Dr. Josh Willis received his Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Willis’ research interests lie in estimating both regional and global sea level rise and ocean circulation using NASA satellite data, among others. Because these are connected to global climate change, he also participates in public outreach efforts to communicate their significance.

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Daily Kos January 9, 2018 at 12:30 am

New York and Columbia University team up to reinstate climate advisory panel disbanded by Trump.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to stick it to Trump every way possible.

A big part of the Trump administration’s agenda is to undo everything and anything that might be seen as something that helps the vulnerable—or simply liked by progressives. One of the ways he does that is through undermining America’s efforts to understand and effectively grapple with climate change, which is why he disbanded the US climate advisory committee in August 2017.

A coalition is aiming to undo Trump’s advisory committee destruction by reinstating it—outside of the reach of Trump’s tiny little hands, of course. The coalition includes the State of New York and Columbia University’s Earth Institute, which announced:

Effective Jan. 1, the Earth Institute has brought on Richard Moss, the former chairman of the Federal Advisory Committee for the National Climate Assessment, as a visiting senior research scientist in the Earth Institute’s Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management. In his role, Moss will reestablish the panel, and deliver the report that the committee originally set out to write. The Earth Institute is supplying financial and logistical support as well as office space for the effort.

New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) will also help reinstate the committee. In a statement detailing the proposals from his recent State of the State address, it explains:

In the absence of guidance from the Advisory Committee, decision-makers will have limited ability to know how climate change will impact their organizations and communities, and what they can do to better plan for those impacts.

Therefore, Governor Cuomo, as co-chair of the U.S. Climate Alliance and in collaboration with partners, will reconvene the Advisory Committee to develop recommendations to navigate the challenges of climate change. As a result, the Advisory Committee will continue its critical work without political interference and provide the guidance needed to adapt to a changing climate.

The committee won’t have the same power or reach as the federal version, of course. Its power will be limited in its current capacity. However, it aims to make information about climate change more accessible and provide resources to better understand how dire of a situation we’re in and what we can do to mitigate that. I’m looking forward to seeing what they will do!



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