Two centuries of climate science seen by researchers

What are the major advances made in climate science? For such a vast area, researchers’ answers can only vary. Thus we pose questions to oceanographers, paleontologists and atmospheric physicists. Their independent contributions have been historically brought together here.

Such retrospectives make it possible to read the history of past discoveries through the eyes of today’s scientists. It’s certainly not exhaustive: what would climate science be without William Herschel’s work on infrared radiation? Without the explosion of scientific results produced for the International Geophysical Year from 1957 to 1958? Without figures like Wally Broker and Roger Revell?

In 2021, and for the first time ever, the Nobel Prize in Physics will be awarded to climatologists. But as researchers Gavin Schmidt reminds us, the recognition of the work of Tsukuro Manabe and Klaus Hasselmann should not be overshadowed by one reality: Climate science is an extremely multidisciplinary subject. They involve many individuals, but above all teams and collaborations, sometimes even beyond political tensions between states.

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