“We scientists love to sit at our computers and use climate models to make those predictions,” said Laurence C. Smith, head of the geography department at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the leader of the team that worked in Greenland this summer. “But to really know what’s happening, that kind of understanding can only come about through empirical measurements in the field.”
The truth lies in the data. But it doesn’t take a scientist to know that global warming is real.
If you really want to get to know something you have to put your legs on the ground and go see it first-hand. Smell it, touch it, notice how it’s impacting other life forms around it.
Denial is the first case of reality. It’s hard to fight what you see even when the data is scarce.
Empirical research is part experience, part gut. Wherever you think things are headed, you’re probably right.