Regional Climates: Using the past to understand and predict the future [online video]

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Part of "How-to Talks by Postdocs," a series of instructional brown-bag lunch talks for the general VCU health sciences community taught by postdocs. For more information, visit https://rampages.us/howtotalks

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April 2021


The everyday weather is forecasted by combining atmospheric data (temperature, humidity, etc.) and our understanding of atmospheric dynamics (land-air-water exchanges etc.). Predictions hinge on the accuracy of the data collected and their spatial resolution. These data can have poor regional scale, so scientists have utilized the natural production of hard structures in the ocean (corals, sea shells, etc.), in a discipline called sclerochronology, to investigate regional climates in parts of the planet where data are limited or hard to obtain. Attend this How-to Talk to learn how the Ocean’s record-keeping of Earth’s climate helps us understand regional climates of the past and future.


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