One of the goals of the five-year project LandUse 6K is to understand how variances in land use, like dry versus wet crops (such as rice paddies), had different impacts on the climate. Courtesy of Kathleen Morrison
One of the goals of the five-year project LandUse 6K is to understand how variances in land use, like dry versus wet crops (such as rice paddies), had different impacts on the climate. Courtesy of Kathleen Morrison

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July 8, 2015  —  University of Chicago News Office
UChicago anthropologist leads global effort to improve climate change models

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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http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2015/07/08/uchicago-anthropologist-leads-global-effort-improve-climate-change-models