Introduction to Earth’s Dynamically Changing Climate


Read this interview with NASA’s Dr. Gavin Schmidt, who answers five of the most common questions about climate change that he has encountered. Take note of how Dr. Schmidt refers to “averages” and “decades-long trends” while referencing data as the basis for his and his colleagues’ assumptions.

Watch this video about Dr. Schmidt as he discusses the satellite data used to understand the dynamics of the Earth system. How can satellites help our understanding of the climate system as it responds to changes in the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere?

If you still have some unanswered questions about climate change there are several global climate change modules from PBS and NASA that you can explore to learn more about the data collected by scientists that are driving predictions—and stimulating controversies—in this very complex science.

You may also wish to explore the Climate Change: NASA’s Eyes on the Earth website more fully for the answers to many questions and issues about climate change.

Global Climate Change Modules

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