Published: Nov. 30, 2016

If you go
Who: Professor Peter Pilewskie
What: "Monitoring Climate from Space: Challenges, Opportunities, and LASP Contributions"
Where: LSTB, 1234 Innovation Drive, East Campus Research Park
When: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Earth’s climate is a manifestation of a long-term balance of energy flows. Climate change occurs when there are energy imbalances, but these accumulate on much longer time scales than regular seasonal or annual cycles, for example. Monitoring climate trends globally from space thus presents a challenge to our observational capabilities: Measurements must be accurate, and instruments must maintain accuracy over long periods of time.

In this Dec. 7 talk, LASP Atmospheric Scientist and CU Boulder Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Peter Pilewskie will discuss some of the challenges of monitoring Earth's climate trends from space.

Pilewskie will address the accuracy needed to detect trends in the climate and attribute underlying causes, the limitations of instruments currently flying and new initiatives to develop a robust climate-observing system. The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) is at the forefront of these initiatives, with novel instruments and mission concepts to meet these challenges.

The event is free and will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the LASP Space Technology Building (LSTB), room 299, on East Campus. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Map depicting Earth's climate change