What is it about the carbon cycle? Where is this coming from? Where is it going?
Do we have enough of an understanding of how the climate system works to make useful predictions and projections?
What do you know? What do we know? What do you think? Let’s exchange information.
Kenneth J. Davis is a professor in the Department of Meteorology at Pennsylvania State University. His work bridges physics, instrumentation, chemistry, data analysis, and meteorology: in short, all the topics required to understand the complexity of Earth’s atmosphere. Active in climate-change research since the 1980s, Davis specifically focuses on how Earth’s surface and its atmosphere interact: what environmental factors will govern future concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide? How do ecosystem processes interact with boundary-layer (the lowest part of the atmosphere) turbulence to alter climate and weather? Davis’s collaborative fieldwork spans new technologies and atmospheric models to uncover answers to these questions.
Learn more about Davis and his worldwide research in the following places:
- Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment Research Page
- INFLUX (INdianapolis FLUX)
- "Ring 2": High-precision, high-accuracy CO2 mixing ratio measurements in support of the North American Carbon Program Mid Continent Intensive
- ChEAS: Chequamegon Ecosystem Atmosphere Study
- North American Carbon Program
What other instruments help scientists sense change in the environment—and how did they develop? Check out CHF’s methods of sensing change.
Watch the four videos above: Kenneth J. Davis discusses how scientists use visuals to let people experience their findings; how climate change and climate science are more than scientific problems; the ways in which a young scientist experiences the environment; and whether art can address the human element of scientific questions. Use the arrows to navigate through the video and images.