Planet Patterns

Whats the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all were willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?   F. Sherwood Rowland

Gavin Schmidt, Director of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), explains how the scientific community is piecing together the climate puzzle by identifying patterns. Pieces like how changes in land-use, atmosphere composition and ocean chemistry; and patterns like as land ice melts, sea levels rise. Sounds simple right? What if I told you the piecing together of this puzzle includes a whole lot of code and ever-changing climate models? If it suddenly doesn’t sound simple anymore you should watch Schmidt’s TED talk.

Schmidt was also featured in NDRC's Eating Salad with a Scientist series. He discusses how science is a process of discovery, contrary to common belief that it is concrete and known.