What Would it Mean to Understand Climate Change?

General Programming

November 29, 2016 Tuesday, 3:30pm–5:30pm EST The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
  • The Center for Science & Society at Columbia University
  • Research Cluster on Environmental Sciences and Humanities
  • Free and open to the public
  • First come, first seated

Isaac Held (Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, NOAA)
Philip Kitcher (Philosophy, Columbia)
Jonathan Weiner (Journalism, Columbia)

Efforts abound to “understand” climate change. But what kind of understanding is needed? Does “understanding” mean the same thing to concerned citizens as it does to scientists, humanities scholars, or policy makers? At this public event, climate scientist Isaac Held, philosopher of science Philip Kitcher, and science journalist Jonathan Weiner will compare the work of understanding undertaken by different communities engaged with climate change, and address the question of what remains to be understood.