Tuesday Noon Balloon with Jason Smerdon


Climategate: The Anatomy of a Controversy and Its Historical Context

Jason Smerdon

Tuesday November 16th
Room 417 Schermerhorn Hall


Summary:  In late November of 2009, computer hackers illegally released more than 1000 emails and other information taken from a server of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia. The resulting firestorm became an international news story and ultimately led to multiple investigations of scientists in both the United Kingdom and the United States. Although all of the scientists were exonerated by these investigations, the controversy and its fallout continues today. I will explore the details of the controversy and provide the scientific and political background that is necessary to understand the story in a larger context.

Jason SmerdonJason Smerdon is a Lamont Assistant Research Professor in the Division of Ocean and Climate Physics at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.  His research involves the use of statistical methods of large-scale climate reconstructions during the Holocene, analyses of statistical climate reconstruction techniques using proxy and pseudo-proxy records, and modeling of the underlying connections between proxies and climate to understand and characterize climate variability during the late-Holocene.

Jason received his BA in Physics from Gustavus Adolphus College and completed his Ph.D. in Applied Physics in 2004 at University of Michigan.  He has been at Lamont ever since as a post doc, a research scientist, and a Storke-Doherty Lecturer (jointly with the department), and he now holds one of the newly formed titles of Lamont Assistant Research Professor.  He has received numerous awards in his young career and in addition to his scholary publications, he has authored the Student Companion to Climate Change: The Science of Global Warming and Our Energy Future by E.A. Mathez.

Future talks are scheduled for Tuesdays from 12:15-1:00pm in Room 417 Schermerhorn Hall.  Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.

All are welcome to attend!