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Shepherd on PBS' Nova: Killer Typhoon

On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, whipping the low-lying and densely-populated islands with 200 mph winds and sending a two-story-high storm surge flooding into homes, schools, and hospitals. The PBS NOVA dcomentary Killer Typhoon featured perspectives from some of the world's leading climate scientists, including AMS president and UGA professor Marshall Shepherd. The program aired last night. The trailer:



As Shepherd's year AMS president comes to a close, his impact and experience is recounted in an AJC feature story today: 

Like most scientists, Shepherd believes the data overwhelmingly support global warming — which has now been rechristened as climate change. But in politics, 80 percent certainty is called a landslide. In science, it’s a call for more data.

So Shepherd, unlike the Obama administration, wasn’t quite ready to tie the hot topic of global warming to a rampaging polar vortex.

“I think it’s actually quite plausible, but from my lens, it’s a bit too early to completely anchor that as a conclusive reason,” Shepherd said in a White House-sponsored conversation of experts on the Internet.

Great work as a public scientist - working to inform citizens and decision-makers alike, not shying away from the controversies but finding new ways to help us understand what lies beyond them. Courage and confidence in your work, building influence, empowering others. Thank you, Dr. Shepherd.

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