Climate Change & Weather

David Kitchen

David Kitchen, associate professor and dean in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, is a volcanologist and geologist with expertise in climate change, earthquakes, and natural disasters. He is the author of Global Climate Change: Turning Knowledge into Action and was recently awarded a NASA education award to help develop a new course in global climate change. Kitchen’s research is international in scope, focusing on energy use and combating climate change.

"Climate is what we expect, weather is what we receive. We expect it to be cold in January yet the weather we are receiving this winter in Virginia is unusually warm and spring-like. One single year like this does not indicate that global or regional climate is changing, but the accumulation of such “anomalies” over many years (15+) is a strong indication that climate is changing and a new “normal” established."

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