In a new paper ( published in the journal Earth’s Future, a team of researchers, including Prof. Liang ( in the Department of Geographical Sciences, address designing the future’s climate observation system. The key points from the paper include 1) A significantly expanded climate observing system could address major science questions and meet important societal needs; 2) Careful independent testing can evaluate whether proposed systems can address critical observing needs; and 3)Future investments in climate observations offer large societal benefits and economic return on investments.

The work was featured in an article in the Washington Post ( and also in EOS (

Prof. Shunlin Liang co-authors the paper in the journal Earth’s Future