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Visualizing uncertainty  
Jun 4, 2018 • Elsita Kiekebusch

“Science is so, so visual!” – Neil McCoy

Many of us in the early-career phase have trained long and hard in the skills necessary to “do science”.  We’ve practiced experimental design, statistical analysis, and manuscript writing. But we haven’t been formally trained to communicate our science outside... more

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Introducing the Revamped Early Career Climate Forum: What, Why, How and Where  
Jun 24, 2015 • Michelle Staudinger

NE CSC Science Coordinator Michelle Staudinger and UMass Amherst Dept. of Env. Conservation Assistant Professor Ezra Markowitz

Welcome to the new and improved Early Career Climate Forum (ECCF)! We (Michelle Staudinger, Science Coordinator of the Northeast Climate Science Center and Ezra Markowitz, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Conservation at UMass Amherst) are excited to get things kicked off after a 6-month overhaul of the ECCF; a process that has involved a complete redesign of the ECCF... more

Bill Hooke About the AMS Policy Program  
Jan 28, 2015 • Toni Klemm

Dr. Bill Hooke directed the AMS Policy Program from 2000 to 2013.

Dr. Bill Hooke directed the AMS Policy Program from 2000 to 2013.
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The policy arena is not a place many scientists are familiar with and even fewer are trained to work in. To help scientists learn how the political process works, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) runs the AMS Policy Program. It is divided into the Summary Policy Colloquium, a ten-day workshop every summer in Washington, D.C., and the Congressional Science Fellowship Program, a one-... more

3rd National Climate Assessment Overview  
May 20, 2014 • Rosie Records

Flooding

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The third U.S. National Climate Assessment report, released in early May, provides a national synthesis of climate change and its effects that are already being felt across multiple sectors within the U.S., including coastal flooding and extreme heat in the Northeast, shrinking summer sea ice and thawing permafrost in Alaska, drought and associated increases in wildfires in the southwest,... more

The Uncertain Choice of Words  
May 14, 2014 • Adrienne Wootten

IPCC Cartoon

A few days ago, I got notice about a special issue in Environmental Communication on “Media Research on Climate Change: Where have we been and where are we heading?”  One article in particular caught my attention: “How Grammatical Choice Shapes Media Representations of Climate (Un)certainty” by Bailey et al.  The article offers a comparison of U.S. and Spanish newspapers and the... more

A People Story - How "Years of Living Dangerously' Communicates Climate Change  
Apr 12, 2014 • Toni Klemm

Harrison Ford

This Sunday, Years of Living Dangerously will premiere on the cable network Showtime. Cinematic stars like James Cameron (director, Titanic, Avatar), Jerry Weintraub (producer, Ocean’s 11/12/13) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (actor, Terminator 1/2/3) take on the challenge raising public awareness about the causes and... more

Book: "Climate Change Evidence & Causes"  
Mar 4, 2014 • Toni Klemm

Leading climate scientists answer 20 questions.

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the British Royal Academy teamed up to write “Climate Change Evidence & Causes – An Overview from the Royal Society and the US National Academy of Sciences”, a new book that gives bite-size answers to common questions about climate change and global warming.

Leading climate scientists answer 20 questions, such as:

In tune... more

Modeling the 2000-2012 Global Warming Hiatus  
Nov 12, 2013 • Toni Klemm

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Global temperature increases have been stalled since 2000. Meanwhile, the extreme summer droughts of 2011 and 2012 left many US farmers in ruins. Most climate models failed to project these phenomena correctly. US researchers now took a new attempt on finding a solution.

The hiatus in global warming since the year 2000 gives climate skeptics and climate deniers tail wind for making the... more

Obama Moves on Adaptation  
Nov 4, 2013 • Carina Wyborn

Presidential seal

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While the Australian Government is currently denying the links between bushfires and climate change (sigh…), President Obama has just released an executive order titled “Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change”. It outlines policy objectives,... more

When Does Synthesizing Begin? Contributing to Broader Theory During Early Career  
Aug 13, 2013 • Winslow Hansen

Walking in Alaska

After getting my undergraduate degrees from the University of Montana, I moved to Alaska to work as a research technician. I was looking for a big adventure and I found it. I spent a year traveling around the state of Alaska to rural indigenous villages. I worked with a post doc interviewing subsistence hunters, documenting their ways of life, and how changing climate was influencing the... more

Extreme Science Porn But Where Are The Social Scientists?  
Aug 11, 2013 • Carina Wyborn

Psychology

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I wrote this post after attending the National Adaptation Forum in Denver, where over 500 academics, advocates and practitioners came together to talk about the state of climate adaptation in the US. One night the screened James Balog’s ‘Chasing Ice’ an inspiring piece of extreme adventure science porn. The film is presents a classic David and Golaiath narrative of a nature photographer with a... more