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Best of Blue Dot: West coast climate now and in the past with Hannah Palmer and Veronica Vriesman

Fog wafting off the Pacific Ocean at Mount Tamalpais.
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Fog wafting off the Pacific Ocean at Mount Tamalpais.

Host Dave Schlom visits with UC Davis climate and environmental scientist Hannah Palmer and colleague Veronica Vriesman, a marine scientist and paleontologist at Oberlin College in Ohio.

Their recent paper, Holocene climate and oceanography of the coastal Western United States and California Current System, was published in the Climate of The Past journal of the European Geosciences Union. It pulls together a myriad of studies over the years for the first synthesis of the dynamic west coast climate during the past 11,700 years.

It's a fascinating look at how the Pacific Northwest and Southwest have changed over the millennia and may provide key insights into our current regime of anthropogenic climate change.

Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.