The Changelings

Mission

The Changelings' mission is to pool their collective vision and their interdisciplinary resources to help answer the most challenging questions about abrupt climate change; to catalyze new research and field work in basic science by leveraging paleoclimate insights to inform and guide current climate science, and to empower and mentor the next generation of climate scientists. 

History

In 1999, NOAA’s Global Change program convened a group of scientists charging them with looking into the causes and future implications of the large abrupt climate global changes which punctuated glacial time. The idea was to bring together both people versed in the operation of the Earth’s atmosphere and ocean and people versed in the records kept in polar ice, ocean sediments, and mountain moraines.

The first meeting of this group took place in March 1999. Subsequent meetings were held in places where the group could observe glacial deposits representing the Last Glacial Maximum, the Younger Dryas, and the Little Ice Age. 

When NOAA’s sponsorship closed in 2004, Gary Comer offered to "adopt" the group by hosting its meetings. 

–Wally Broecker

Jess Adkins

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Smits Family Professor

Robert Anderson

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
Ewing Lamont Research Professor, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory

Wallace Broecker

1931-2019
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
Newberry Professor of Geology Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory

George Denton

THE UNIVERSITY OF MAINE
Professor, School of Earth & Climate Sciences, Climate Change Institute

Larry Edwards

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
Regents, Gunn, & Distinguished McKnight University Professor Department of Earth Sciences

Peter Huybers

Harvard University
Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Charles Langmuir

HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Professor of Geochemistry, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences

Raymond Pierrehumbert

University of Oxford
Halley Professor of Physics

Daniel Sigman

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
Dusenbury Professor, Geological & Geophysical Sciences

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