Modeling Our Planet’s Climate (Dr. Keith Dixon)

Dr. Keith Dixon, a research meteorologist at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab, discusses how global climate models are developed and used at various spatial scales and time scales.

2014 South Central CSC Undergrad Internship

The South Central Climate Science Center hosted a summer undergraduate internship opportunity from July 20 to August 9, 2014, for ten students of underrepresented minorities interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Interns were involved in hands-on activities related to climate research that allowed them to see the direct impacts of climate variability and change on forest ecosystems in Oklahoma, coastal areas in Louisiana, and the Texas Hill Country. Interns learned basic videography skills and captured still and video footage to contribute to this short video that encapsulates the internship experience.

Media consultation and post-production courtesy WJ Farrell.

2014 South Central CSC Early Career Researcher Workshop

The South Central Climate Science Center hosted 28 graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and early faculty June 15, 2014 - June 21, 2014 for our inaugural Early Career Researcher Workshop. Workshop attendees heard talks on topics such as climate impacts in our region and how to clearly communicate their science and participated in a real world case study activity focused on translating science to policy. We were really excited to have such a great group of engaged participants and instructors!

Video courtesy Toni Klemm.

Listening for the Rain: Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Change

Listening for the Rain starts a pluricultural conversation in which some Indigenous people who live in the central United States of America discuss their observations and understandings of, as well as responses to, climate change and variability. A team of Native and non-Native researchers and media artists worked together to document these stories. The video was developed as part of a project supported by the South Central Climate Science Center and the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program.

          • SC-CSC and N!CE: Climate Etudes

            The South Central Climate Science Center collaborated with the New Improv! Century Ensemble (N!CE) to sonify 400,000 years of atmospheric carbon dioxide and global average temperature data from ice cores and proxy data. N!CE is a student musical group in the University of Oklahoma School of Music that was established in the 1990s as a venue for more experimental, open-ended music making.

            Recently, N!CE has focused their work on data sonification (also known as “auditory display”) which is the use of non-speech audio to convey information. Rendering data sets in this way as sound rather than traditional visual displays can take advantage of the ear’s ability to detect subtle patterns or variations. For more information about sonification and this project, see this article: