New climate documentary featuring Boulder scientists to air Aug. 28

Published: Aug. 25, 2014

A new documentary about measuring past climate change as a way to better understand human-caused warming of the planet, which features several Boulder scientists, will be broadcast on Colorado Public Television on Thursday, Aug. 28.

Titled Taking Earth’s Temperature – Delving into Climate’s Past, the film features University of Colorado Boulder Professor Jim White as well as scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

White, director of CU-Boulder’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, is an international climate expert who has used ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica to help reconstruct past climates. In 2013 he chaired a National Research Council committee that produced a report on the abrupt impacts of climate change and the need for an early warning system to help society better anticipate such events.

The documentary, which will air on Colorado Public Television Channel 12 at 9 p.m., also features Project Scientist Caspar Ammann and Senior Scientist Bette Otto-Bliesner from NCAR and Chief of Paleoclimatology David. M. Anderson from NOAA.

The documentary shows viewers how dozens of scientists from around the world have collaborated to paint a new, detailed picture of the last several thousand years of the Earth’s temperature history. Produced by filmmakers at Northern Arizona University’s IDEA Lab, Taking Earth’s Temperature features footage from both the field and labs in the United States and Europe, as well as interviews and graphics using natural archives like ice cores, lake sediments, corals and tree rings to illustrate that Earth’s climate is a dynamic system in which change is a constant.

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