Undergraduate Research

Shoshana Sommer, Senior year independent research with G. R. Farrar, Spring 2007, “Melting Away: A back-of-the envelope look at Sea Level Rise due to Global Warming“.

Abstract: Sea level change is like a very large puzzle. The model with which climatologists work has a great number of tiny puzzle pieces which are challenging to fit together properly. The work here is instead built on far fewer, larger puzzle pieces (like the ones for ages 6 and under rather than for ages 7 through adults). Yet when the pieces are fitted together, it shows us practically the same picture. And the act of putting it together allows us to gain a greater understanding of and subsequent appreciation for the final product.