Curiosity Meets Discovery Lecture Series

Understanding Climate Change

Dec 15,
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  • Location: MPFI.ORG

Climate change is an issue dominating our collective consciousness, creating uncertainty about the future and important conversations about what needs to happen next. How will global changes affect each of us on a local level and how catastrophic will these impacts be? Dr. Bjorn Stevens takes us through new exa-scale computing resources that are enabling new simulation tools that promise to shed light on these pressing questions.

Bjorn Stevens is Director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (Hamburg, Germany), where he heads the Atmosphere in the Earth System Department. He holds a professorship at the University of Hamburg and was formerly Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He chairs the Climate Change committee of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards.

Stevens has made fundamental contributions to understanding of atmospheric convection, aerosols and clouds and their influence on the climate system. His basic research attempts to answer questions such as what determines clouds’ aggregate behavior, and how do they help set large-scale circulations and mediate interactions among other components of the Earth System. He holds the Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award of the American Meteorological Society and in 2009-2013 served as a lead author of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).