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Eunice Foote Shaped Modern Climate Science 150 Years Ago

Today is the 200th anniversary of the birthday of Eunice Foote, one of the first scientists to study climate science and start to understand how carbon dioxide can affect earth’s atmosphere. My colleague Dr. Marshall Shepherd wrote a blog post about Foote in today’s In the article he says:

What exactly did Eunice Foote do? In 1856, this American scientist published something interesting about water vapor and carbon dioxide. She explored how both gases interact with solar radiation (heat). While there are nuances (see this link), her contributions are generally acknowledged.

You can read more about this hidden figure in climatology at

The front cover of the 1856 paper by Eunice Foote on global warming. UCSB website