UChicago anthropologist leads global effort to improve climate change models

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The Program on the Global Environment’s newest working group, LandUse 6k, will help climate models account for humans’ role in changing the environment over the past 10000 years. Current climate models do not accurately account for humans’ role in changing the environment, according to a UChicago-led team of international researchers embarking upon a project to help climate […]

The Program on the Global Environment’s newest working group, LandUse 6k, will help climate models account for humans’ role in changing the environment over the past 10000 years.

Current climate models do not accurately account for humans’ role in changing the environment, according to a UChicago-led team of international researchers embarking upon a project to help climate scientists better document land cover and use over the past 10,000 years.

Calling it an “insanely ambitious effort,” Kathleen Morrison, the Neukom Family Professor of Anthropology, is one of the leaders of the LandUse 6K, a study that includes dozens of scholars from around the world. “I think one of the big stories we’re going to find is that there’s a deeper human impact on the environment than what has been previously recognized,” said Morrison.

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