Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Natural History on the Big Screen – Feedback Loops: Atmosphere

Archived Webinar

This Zoom webinar aired August 11, 2021, as part of the four-part virtual series, "Natural History on the Big Screen: Feedback Loops," which took place monthly from May to August, 2021. Watch a recording in the player above.


Watch a discussion  of the short climate film, "Feedback Loops: Atmosphere," with Jennifer Francis (Senior Scientist, Woodwell Climate Research Center); Nichola Minott (Visiting Scholar in the International Studies Program, Boston College) and Deepti Singh (Climate Scientist).

Moderator: Laura Donnelly-Smith (Exhibit Writer and Editor, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History).

About the Film

Global warming is altering Earth’s weather patterns dramatically. A warmer atmosphere absorbs more water vapor, which in turn traps more heat and warms the planet further in an accelerating feedback loop. Climate change is also disrupting the jet stream, triggering a feedback loop that brings warm air northward, and causes weather patterns to stall in place for longer.

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