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Bard CEP Climate Scientist Featured in Nat Geo Documentary

Bard Professor Anton Seimon spends several weeks each spring chasing  tornadoes across the Great Plains of the central United States. Dr. Seimon’s work focuses on understanding the surface wind fields of tornadoes as they form and intensify. His team’s program includes a citizen-science crowd-sourcing effort to accumulate and analyze video footage of tornadoes from multiple viewpoints. Seimon’s work, funded in part by the National Geographic Society, is featured in this documentary video.

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In recent years, days in the US that have seen multiple tornadoes have increased significantly, but whether this is due to climate change remains uncertain. 

Seimon has been teaching in the MS degree program in Climate Science and Policy at Bard for four years. "As an active researcher on several major themes in climate change science, I find it especially gratifying to see how our students apply skills learned during their CEP experience in meaningful and influential careers in the policy arena” he says. “Each new class of students brings a wide diversity of experience to my classroom that greatly enriches discussion as we cover topical material, and especially so for our weekly examinations of news stories on climate science and policy." 

When not chasing tornadoes, Seimon also works on climate change and conservation in Africa, and glacial retreat dynamics in the Peruvian Andes.

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About the Author

Eban Goodstein

Eban Goodstein

Dr. Eban Goodstein is an economist and the Director of the MBA in Sustainability and the MS and MEd programs at the Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College. He is known for organizing national educational initiatives on climate change, which have engaged thousands of schools and universities, civic institutions, faith groups, and community organizations in solutions-driven dialogue. Goodstein is the author of three books and numerous journal articles focused on climate change, sustainability and green jobs.