Past Event

What Would it Mean to Understand Climate Change?

November 29, 2016
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Fayerweather Hall (Room 513), Columbia University, 1180 Amsterdam Avenue, New York
Photo of climate change map with two dark figures pointing towards the image


  • Isaac Held, Senior Research Scientist at Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory/NOAA; Lecturer in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Princeton University
  • Philip Kitcher, John Dewey Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University
  • Jonathan Weiner, Maxwell M. Geffen Professor of Medical and Scientific Journalism, Columbia University

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.

Sponsored by the Center for Science and Society and the Research Cluster on Environmental Sciences and Humanities.