This page features an interview with Pieter Tans, senior scientist at the Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Boulder, Colorado. Watch the Greeting from Pieter Tans and listen to any or all of the questions by clicking on the “Audio Players.” Then do one or more of the following:
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Tans currently serves as head of ESRL’s Carbon Cycle and Greenhouse Gases group, which comes up with the world’s most complete and extensive data on greenhouse gas concentrations. Although he originally studied theoretical solid state physics in the Netherlands, Pieter became intrigued by the question of climate change and its correlation to greenhouse gases. Realizing how important this question was, he decided to switch his career. Since then, he has devoted much of his life to studying the carbon cycle, climate change, and the human impact on environment. In 2010, Pieter was awarded the prestigious Roger Revelle Medal for his contributions in helping to create a global monitoring system and his unwavering dedication to science and the pursuit of knowledge.