Dr. Claudio Piani, Ph.D.
The American University of Paris
Abstract: Climate change is arguably the greatest environmental challenge of our times. While the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), ratified at the COP21 meeting held in Paris in November 2015, painfully make their way through governmental legislative bodies, 2015 and 2016 set new records for global mean surface temperature. Yet the fundamental physical processes underlying climate and climate change are constantly misrepresented by both media and politicians. Hurricanes are note becoming more frequent, Arctic polar ice melt will not raise sea levels and greenhouse gasses do not really act like a greenhouse. Bear with me for a little under an hour and I will reveal a few of the complexities of the radiative and thermodynamic processes that combine to produce the Earth’s thermal equilibrium. All questions will get answers. Some questions may even be answered correctly!
Refreshments will be served, as well.
Flyer Image Citation: NOAA National Centers for Environmental information, Climate at a Glance: Global Time Series, published March 2017, retrieved on April 1, 2017