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Climate Scientists Pose for Pinup Calendar [Slide Show]

Columbia University showcases "the planet's hottest climate science, and the people behind it"

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ALLEGRA LeGRANDE (JANUARY 2015):

LeGrande combines climate modeling with research into atmospheric chemistry. She showed that a massive glacial lake in North America burst into the Atlantic Ocean at the end of the last ice age, raising sea level by 45 centimeters in just a few months.....[ More ]

NICOLAS VIGUAD (DECEMBER):

Viguad distills global climate models to provide local projections of atmospheric circulation that can impact rainfall patterns in semiarid environments. Location: Sandstorm in North Africa.....[ More ]

BRENDAN BUCKLEY (NOVEMBER):

Buckley measures the rings of living and dead trees to re-create the temperature histories of specific regions around the world. Location: Temple ruins in Angkor, Cambodia.....[ More ]

DOROTHY PETEET (OCTOBER):

Peteet looks at sediment cores and plant remains to determine the magnitude and rapidity of past climate shifts. Location: Marsh in New York State.....[ More ]

MICHELA BIASUTTI (SEPTEMBER):

Biasutti studies the factors that control the location and intensity of rainfall in the tropics. Location: West Africa.....[ More ]

KÁTIA FERNANDES (AUGUST):

Fernandes created the first climate model to predict fire activity in the western Amazon, based on droughts and Atlantic Ocean temperatures. Location: A charred Amazon rainforest.....[ More ]

RICHARD SEAGER (JULY):

Seager examines how past, present and future changes in ocean temperatures affect precipitation over land. Location: Dusty farm field in the American West.....[ More ]

ANTHONY BARNSTON (JUNE):

Barnston determines how the El Niño–Southern Oscillation pattern in the Pacific Ocean affects droughts and floods. Location: International Research Institute for Climate and Society.....[ More ]

LISA GODDARD (MAY):

Goddard tries to improve the reliability of climate model predictions for the next few decades so they are useful to national policy makers. Location: Puclaro Reservoir in Chile.....[ More ]

TUFA DINKU (APRIL):

Dinku works to improve the availability and use of climate and weather data in Africa, and studies relationships between climate, agriculture and disease there. Location: Ethiopia.....[ More ]

JASON SMERDON (MARCH):

Smerdon assesses how climate models perform on timescales of decades to centuries to provide projections of future global warming. Location: Inside the matrix.....[ More ]

ALESSANDRA GIANNINI (FEBRUARY):

Giannini shows that droughts in the Sahel can be explained by changes in sea-surface temperatures. Location: Sahara Desert.....[ More ]

PETER deMENOCAL (JANUARY):

DeMenocal uses deep-sea sediments to show that major evolutionary milestones coincide with major climate transitions. Location: A savanna in East Africa.....[ More ]

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