Climate Science: Key Questions and Answers

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May 11, 2010

Summary

Recent events including the publication of private e-mail correspondence between climate scientists and the examination of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have led to questions about some climate change research results, the ethics of practicing scientists, and even the efficacy of scientific processes. This briefing will provide the opportunity to examine which climate change science results are well understood and where key uncertainties exist, including issues recently covered in the media such as climate impacts on glaciers and recent temperature trends. Discussion with the distinguished panelists will include examination of the peer-review process, data sources, research processes, statistical analysis, and how various bodies like the IPCC conduct their studies and assessments.


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Alan Leshner, moderator American Association for the Advancement of Science Bio Page video clip

Warren Washington National Center for Atmospheric Research Presentation Slides Bio Pagevideo clip

Richard Alley Pennsylvania State University Presentation Slides Bio Pagevideo clip

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