"The model is just a tool": Interview with Dr. Eduardo Zorita Interview

10.08.2011

This month the interview series "Climate research made in Hamburg" will be meeting Dr. Eduardo Zorita. Zorita is a physicist and senior scientist at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht`s Institute for Coastal Research, and heads the department of paleoclimatology. As part of the CliSAP project PLUSDATA, he investigates what impact climate change may have on large bodies of water.

Our climate is changing, that much is certain. Greenhouse gases are playing a crucial role in this. The relevance of emissions caused by human activity has been much discussed. A journey back through time can reveal how speedily and thoroughly the climate has changed in the past even without human interference.

Scientists can use computer models to investigate the effects of fluctuating intensity of the sun´s radiation or the differing levels of volcanic ash in the atmosphere. The results can be extrapolated many thousands of years into the past. They make it possible to establish whether the current changes are indeed exceptional. 

Eduardo Zorita and his scientist colleagues travel on such trips to investigate the past …

To the interview


In the interview with Dr. Eduardo Zorita were Prof. Dr. Hans von Storch, head of the Helmholtz-Zentrums Geesthacht`s Institute for Coastal Research, and Jun. Prof. Dr. Mike S. Schaefer, head of the "Media Constructions" research group at the KlimaCampus Hamburg.