Peter Olsson, Alaska State Climatologist: The challenge of measuring precipitation in Southcentral Alaska

2011-05-03 by

Peter Olsson is also chief scientist of the UAA Alaska Experimental Forecast Facility. He both documents and forecasts. In this preview to his Classrooms for Climate talk, Olsson describes the difficulty of measuring precipitation due to Southcentral’s mountainous conditions. He describes the challenge of models that deliver conflicting information. He suggests that we re-frame the argument to change dependence on fossil fuels away from blaming humans for climate change and using less emotional arguments such as economics and geopolitics.

He speaks Thursday, May 5 at 12:30 pm in Cuddy Hall. This interview was recorded Monday, May 2, 2011.

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For More Information:

Classrooms for Climate
Conference homepage
Alaska Experimental Forecast Facility
Homepage for AEFF, where Olsson serves as chief scientist
Alaska State Climate Center
Homepage, where Olsson serves as state climatologist
Environment and Natural Resources Institute
Peter Olsson's bio page