MN Climate

I give presentations/teach about climate change and its impacts on Minnesota.

I have three main focuses in my presentations:

  1. Presenting the science of global warming and its implications for Minnesota in a comprehensive narrative that can be understood and processed by any member of the public.
  2. Discussing in meaningful detail the local impacts of climate change. While climate change is a global phenomenon the science has to be brought down to the local scale to understand its impacts.
  3. Building a convincing case for the need for urgent and meaningful action on climate change.

Current offerings:

  • Single session up to 90 minute talk on climate change and its potential impacts for Minnesota.
  • Multi-session class (5-7+ hours) discussing the science of global climate, paleoclimate, climate models, projected impacts for Minnesota, and future actions.

If your group has a particular need not covered above please contact me. I would be happy to work with you to create a customized program.

If you are interested in having me give a talk please get in touch by email:

Resources on this page

At the top of the page are links to:

  • Upcoming Events: my upcoming talks and classes.
  • Past Event Materials: a list of past presentations with links to presentation materials.
  • Climate Resources: a collection of websites to keep you up-to-date on climate change science.
  • Reading List: a list of articles on climate that I have found particularly insightful.
  • Climate Action: for people interested in further action on climate change. MN Climate Action has a list of mostly Minnesotan groups working directly or indirectly for climate action as well as some citizen science opportunities to help collect weather or climate data. A Future Minnesota has a list of questions about what might have to change in a carbon-free future Minnesota.

About me

My name is Sam Potter. I am a climate scientist currently living in the North Metro. I grew up in West Central Minnesota and went to undergrad at University of Minnesota, Morris. I received a PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from Princeton University and worked 1.5 years as a climate science postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington.