She's a Scientist: Martha Shulski
UNL's Martha Shulski is the first female director of a regional NOA Climate Center.
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- [00:00:03.560]Martha Shulski likes to talk
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- [00:00:10.480]We're standing at a Nebraska Mesonet weather station.
- [00:00:13.880]We have 60 of these around the state of Nebraska
- [00:00:16.930]and they observe real-time weather conditions,
- [00:00:19.320]things like wind speed and direction, solar radiation,
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- [00:00:24.990]how much rainfall we got, what the temperature
- [00:00:27.360]of the soil is, and how much moisture is in the soil.
- [00:00:31.140]The data collected at these stations is used
- [00:00:33.140]to make weather forecasts, manage
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- [00:00:41.110]This weather station is also part
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- [00:00:45.000]This is how we know things are changing
- [00:00:46.820]because of networks like this that are
- [00:00:48.810]all across the world, in fact.
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- [00:00:56.140]Shulski became fascinated by weather
- [00:00:57.860]as a child when she experienced one
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- [00:01:01.460]My family lived in Nebraska City and I was about seven
- [00:01:04.130]and we had a tornado come through the town.
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- [00:01:09.650]That was very scary for me
- [00:01:11.760]but one outcome of that for me personally
- [00:01:14.590]was wanting to understand what causes this.
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- [00:01:21.730]After college, Shulski worked in Alaska,
- [00:01:24.200]where she saw for herself
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- [00:01:27.880]Now she educates Nebraskans about climate effects
- [00:01:30.380]in the state and what we can do about it.
- [00:01:32.810]So we talk about the weather all the time.
- [00:01:34.730]So turn that into a conversation about climate
- [00:01:37.920]and keep it locally focused and oriented and solution based.
- [00:01:43.480]Small changes lead to big changes,
- [00:01:45.400]which leads to behavior change.
- [00:01:47.210]So you're never too small or too old to make a difference.
- [00:01:51.260]Every person's actions absolutely matter.
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