Conferencia «History of Meteorology and the Rise of Climate Science», Viernes 24 de marzo de 15:30. Salón Azul, Santa Lucía 240, Santiago de Chile. Actividad híbrida en inglés.

Conferencia «History of Meteorology and the Rise of Climate Science»

Expone: Paul N. Edwards, Doctor en Historia de la Conciencia de la Universidad de California en Santa Cruz y Director del Programa de Ciencia, Tecnología y Sociedad, Universidad de Stanford

Actividad híbrida en inglés

Viernes 24 de marzo de 15:30 a 17:30

Salón Azul, Santa Lucía 240. 

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History of Meteorology and the Rise of Climate Science

Abstract: Weather forecasting and climate knowledge are tightly linked, since climate is essentially the history of weather. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) was formed in 1950 as an agency within the then-new United Nations. It played a substantial role in establishing globally coordinated weather observing and forecasting systems, especially during the early post-colonial period. The WMO-sponsored World Weather Watch of the 1960s was a marvel of pre-Internet data sharing. This talk and workshop will explore connections between weather forecasting, observing systems, and climate science in the early days of computerization.

Short bio: Paul N. Edwards is Director of the Program on Science, Technology & Society at Stanford University and Professor of Information and History (Emeritus) at the University of Michigan. He writes and teaches about the history, politics, and culture of information infrastructures. Edwards is the author of A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming (MIT Press, 2010) and The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America (MIT Press, 1996), and co-editor of Changing the Atmosphere: Expert Knowledge and Environmental Governance (MIT Press, 2001), as well as numerous articles. With Janet Vertesi, he co-edits the Infrastructures book series for MIT Press. Edwards recently served as a Lead Author for the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Working Group I, 2021).

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