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Climate Modeling Workshop teaches new software Oct. 15_16

The SU Ag Center’s Air, Nutrient, Soil, Water, Ecosystem, and Remote Sensing (SU-ANSWERS) Institute will host a two-day Educational Global Climate Modeling (EdGCM) Workshop on October 15-16, 2019.

The workshop will be held in the GIS Laboratory, room 390, of the P.B.S. Pinchback Engineering Building on the campus of Southern University. The October 15 session will begin at 1 p.m., and the October 16 session will begin at 9:30 a.m.

EdGCM is a software suite that allows users to run a fully functional 3D Global Climate Model (GCM) on laptops or desktop computers. The Global Climate Model was developed by NASA and has been used in research projects by scientists worldwide to study climates of the past, present, and future. EdGCM provides a user-friendly interface, as well as a database and scientific visualization tools that make it possible for educators and students to access some of NASA’s most advanced climate modeling capabilities.

The aim of this workshop is to equip students and educators with a scientific model to predict climate change and assess the impacts of changing climates.

The workshop is free and open to the public. For registration information, contact Zhu Ning, Ph.D., Director of the SU-ANSWERS Institute and Endowed Professor in the SU College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences, at zhu_ning@subr.edu or by calling 225-771-6292.

The EdGCM Workshop is funded by a USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Capacity Building Grants titled, “A Modeling Approach to Climate Change and Natural Resource Education.” EdGCM is the creation and intellectual property of Columbia University and NASA.

The mission of the SU-ANSWERS Institute is to promote natural and biological resources conservation through research, education, and service to communities both in urban and rural settings. For additional information about the SU-ANSWERS Institute visit http://suagcenter.com/page/southern-university-institute-for-air-nutrients-soil-water-ecosystem-and-remote-sensing.

NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) and Columbia University Center for Climate Systems Research are co-sponsors of this event.

By LaKeeshia Giddens Lusk
Special to The

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