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Idea to Cut NASA's Role in Climate Science Could Be Major Loss for Maine, Scientists Say

Nov 28, 2016

Portland Press Herald: Andrew Pershing, chief science officer at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, took issue with Walker’s characterization of climate-related research as “politicized.”

“That’s just not true,” said Pershing, whose research revealed that the Gulf of Maine has been warming faster than any other part of the world oceans since 2004, except for a section of ocean current north of Japan. “Climate science is just science. The approach that’s led to our understanding of how carbon dioxide works on our planet is the same approach that led to the DNA revolution, cellphones and all the other stuff we have in our daily lives.”

Pershing’s colleagues at GMRI are building models of how fish move in response to changing ocean conditions. “Satellites really give us the ability to look at what is going on and how the fish, animals and plants in the ocean are responding,” he said. “The world needs good science to provide the evidence we need to figure out what we are going to do over the next century.”