Is there Really a Consensus on the Issues around Climate Change?
In this show, I interview Judith Curry, eminent climate dynamicist, who recently retired from her post as Professor and Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
She is the President (co-owner) of Climate Forecast Applications Network (CFAN), modeling climate over short/medium terms for the private sector.
Judith has been labeled a climate-change denier by some. More accurately, she is a “Skeptic”, pointing out that all scientists, if they are doing their job, are skeptics. As a trained physicist myself, who also did graduate research in philosophy of science, I know that to be true.
In this fascinating discussion, I get to ask Judith some questions about the true nature of the field. Is there really a consensus on the issues around climate change… and if so, which ones? In what ways is the field politicized, and how did it come to be this way. Moreover, how are politics actually affecting the science that is getting done?
I also ask some fundamental questions, like how actually do we get the data that some say is proving global warming. And what does “average global temperature” really mean anyway. We also talk about the fundamental problem in the field – which concerns massive uncertainties on data and the failure to model what we can’t see and don’t know (and especially the unknown unknowns).
It’s strange that as a scientist and political commentator, it’s taken me so long to address this issue on Liberty with Love, but I’m really pleased to have tackled it on this show.
About Judith Curry
Judith Curry is a climatologist and former chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interests include hurricanes, remote sensing, atmospheric modeling, polar climates, air-sea interactions, and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for atmospheric research. She is a member of the National Research Council’s Climate Research Committee. As of 2017, she has retired from academia.