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October 2005

New climate exhibit

Climate Exhibit

Mesa Lab visitors admire the new exhibit on future climate. (Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

Visitors to the Mesa Lab now have the chance to learn about Earth's future climate. A new exhibit on the second floor culminates the Climate Discovery series, which had already included information on Earth's past and present climate.

The new exhibit, which focuses exclusively on future climate, includes an in-depth explanation of how computer models simulate climate as well as videotaped interviews with NCAR's climate experts. An interactive component is in the works that will show sea-level rise and the greenhouse effect. The exhibit presents strategies for reducing global warming and for adapting to a warming world.

An advisory committee of more than 20 scientists, mostly from CGD, helped design the exhibit. "This exhibit took a lot longer to develop than the other components because it had an enormous amount of scientific input, much more than anything else on the floor," explains EO's Linda Carbone, who oversaw the exhibit's development. "The science advisors were very instrumental."

She adds that feedback about the exhibit has been very positive.

In addition to the future climate exhibit, a new photographic display of meteorological optics near the entrance to the Main Seminar Room shows large-screen images of rainbows, lightning, clouds, and dramatic light effects caused by different atmospheric conditions.

A collection of meteorological photos by atmospheric scientist Alistair Fraser previously hung in the same spot. Developed in the 1970s, it had faded to the point that it needed to be retired. "We wanted to display new images, and the idea of a lightbox display came up," Linda says.

Most of the images were taken by UCAR photographer Carlye Calvin and by Ken Langford, a professional photographer based in Golden who has shown his weather-related photos at UCAR before. Bob Henson (Communications) and Greg Thompson (RAL) also contributed photos.

Linda says she plans to create interpretative information to accompany the display.

• by Nicole Gordon

Silver lining

This image of a cloud’s silver lining is one of a series of photos on display at the Mesa Lab that demonstrate meteorological optics. Silver lining typically occurs when large cloud droplets diffract sunlight along the edge of a thick cloud. (Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

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