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Lectures / 09/03/2009 7:30 pm

Programmbild Wahrheit?

What does yesterday’s snow tell us about tomorrow’s climate? On the reconstruction of extremes of climate and the patterns of their interpretation

Taking today’s discussion of the greenhouse effect as his point of departure, Professor Pfister will present an array of examples and inferences on climate data drawn from the archives of nature and society. The focus will be on the well-known claim of the so-called climate sceptics that the past is rich in climatic extremes comparable to those of today. Then the natural forcings will be discussed that caused climatic fluctuations in the past. The final topic will be the changes that have taken place in the patterns of interpretation applied to climatic events. The point of the presentation is to encourage the audience to ask many challenging questions.

continuative Links:


  • Behringer, Wolfgang, Lehmann, Hartmut, Pfister, Christian (Hgg.), Kulturelle Konsequenzen der Kleinen Eiszeit, Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2005.
  • Dikau, Richard, Weichselgartner, Jürgen, Der unruhige Planet, Der Mensch und die Naturgewalten, Darmstadt 2005.
  • Endlicher W., Gerstengarbe, F.-W. 2007, Der Klimawandel - Einblicke, Rückblicke und Ausblicke, Potsdam. E-Book: http://edoc.hu-berlin.de/docviews/abstract.php?id=28044
  • Glaser, Rüdiger, 2008, Klimageschichte Mitteleuropas, 2. Aufl. Darmstadt.
  • Pfister, Christian, Wetternachhersage, 500 Jahre Klimavariationen und Naturkatastrophen 1496-1995, Bern, Paul Haupt, 1999.
  • Rahmstorf, Stefan, Schellnhuber, Hans Joachim, 2006, Der Klimawandel, Diagnose, Prognose, Therapie. München.
  • Weingart, Peter, Engels, Anita, 2002, Von der Hypothese zur Katastrophe, Der anthropogene Klimawandel im Diskurs zwischen Wissenschaft, Politik und Massenmedien, Opladen.


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09/03/2009 7:30 pm
Lecturer: Christian Pfister
Host: Christine Haiden


Programmbild Wahrheit?