Nov 17, 2010

Hearing on “A Rational Discussion of Climate Change: The Science, the Evidence, the Response”

Benjamin D. Santer
  • Provides a history of the strengthening of climate change science since the 1988 establishment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • Highlights recent progress in detection and attribution research
  • States we are now capable of making informed scientific statements regarding the influence of human activities on the likelihood of extreme events
  • Provides a summary of detection and attribution evidence
  • Discusses modeling, saying it requires full community involvement, which leads to more thorough model diagnosis and improved climate models
  • States that the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project database can be used by anyone, free of charge, and that it is one of the most successful data-sharing models in any scientific community – not just the climate science community