CANCELED - Understanding the Climate Crisis
CANCELED - Understanding the Climate Crisis
WhenWednesday, March 11, 2020, 7:30 – 8:30 PM
CategoriesAfter Five, Lectures & Discussions, Webcasts & Online
SponsorAir and Space Museum
VenueAir and Space Museum
Event LocationLockheed Martin IMAX Theater
CostFree, tickets required

An exploration of what we know about the climate crisis, how we know it, and what we still need to learn.

Stories about climate change are ever present in our daily lives. We see its consequences reflected in the traumatic, widespread fires in Australia. We read scientific projections of future consequences, such as a warming atmosphere and rising oceans, which will have increasing impact on all life.  But how have we come to understand scientifically the present and future course of Earth as a physical system, especially the human role in the changes we are experiencing?  What do still need to learn to address better our prospects for the future?

Our most important resource in answering these questions has been a decades-long program of using research satellites to study the Earth as a total system—our atmosphere, land, and oceans and how they interact to produce the phenomenon we call climate.  This research has provided the foundation to understand the profound changes underway.

A panel of three scientists will take us inside their research to share “how we know what we know” about the climate crisis. Join us for an educational evening on the preeminent challenge of our time.


  • Dr. Jack Kaye, NASA's Earth Science Division
  • Dr. Jeffrey Masek, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Dr. Bridget Seegers, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
  •  Dr. Ellen Stofan, John and Adrienne Mars Director of the National Air and Space Museum
This program is part of the Smithsonian’s Earth Optimism initiative.

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