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Reef temperature wrangler  
Oct 16, 2017 • Brandon Araujo

Coral reefs often go unnoticed because they’re underwater; but even though we don’t regularly pay much attention to them, they’re an extremely important part of our everyday lives. Coral reefs have been estimated to provide support for over a quarter of all marine species and this extreme biodiversity makes... more

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From Paris to the Class Room  
Feb 8, 2016 • Toni Klemm

Negotiating on alliances. Photo: Toni Klemm

Climate negotiations, like last December in Paris, are complex, complicated, and not always fruitful. Last year, an innovative class for undergraduates at the University of Oklahoma gave students hands-on experience of how climate policy is made. This fall the class will go online for everyone around the world to participate. Here is my interview with the instructor and students of this class... more

Discussing Climate Change with Family  
Feb 1, 2016 • Nina Orellana

This waterfall is part of Las Cascadas Don Juan located along the Rutas de las Flores in El Salvador. Photo: N. Orellana

Climate change is often a polarizing and controversial topic. It is a heavily politicized issue that should be avoided at all costs during the infamous holiday dinner - or so I’ve been advised. And yet, somehow I got it into my head that I wanted to have an honest and open conversation about climate change with my family members last month. In part I wanted to have this conversation... more

Focus vs. Breadth: AMS 2016 and AGU Fall 2015  
Jan 25, 2016 • Adrienne Wootten

Photo: A. Wootten

I’m finally back from a marathon of travel!  For those of you who follow my posts on ECCF, the last post in December, was a first timers perspective of the American... more

Scaled to Size: Downscaling Climate Models in Hawaiʻi  
Jan 21, 2016 • Lauren R. Kaiser

Rain clouds gather around mountain in the Ko‘olau Mountain Range on the windward side of O‘ahu. Photo courtesy of Pacific RISA.

From a scientific standpoint, Hawaiʻi is a unique location for climate science in the Pacific Island Region. Since climate change is already impacting island nations throughout the region, you could call them the ‘canaries in the coal mines’ that serve as a warning to other areas. To avoid becoming casualties of climate change, organizations such as the... more

A People Issue: Dr. Katharine Hayhoe on Climate Change Communication  
Jan 14, 2016 • Toni Klemm

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

Years of Living Dangerously, a big-budget, 9-episode TV documentary, tries to communicate the seriousness of climate change through personal stories and first-hand experiences of people across the globe. To make sure they get the science right, the producers collaborate with a panel of distinguished experts. We interviewed one... more

AGU 2015: Big Meeting Energy, Small Meeting Feel  
Jan 11, 2016 • Adrienne Wootten

From the top of Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill, looking toward Treasure Island and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Taken 12/13/2015 by Adrienne Wootten.

Most folks know that I’m not usually a huge fan of big meetings.  They have great energy, but there’s so much going on that you can’t see or do everything you want to.  So I have to admit that as a first time attendee to the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world, I had some mixed feelings about going.  With more than 1,700 sessions, more than 23,000 oral and poster presentations... more

The Way We Communicate: Forever Work in Progress  
Dec 29, 2015 • Dr. Gustavo Bisbal

Dr. Gustavo Bisbal

 

Throughout my professional career, whether during job interviews or in response to the curiosity of colleagues, junior professionals, or students, there is a recurrent question I have been asked many times: If you were to do it all over again, what would you change? The immediate reaction provides an easy answer that I can deliver almost automatically: “Just about most of it... more

Navigating Science and Advocacy  
Dec 14, 2015 • Scott Denning

Dr. Scott Denning discusses with Graduate Women in Science how to navigate advocacy as a professional scientist.

In a recent article, NASA Climate Scientist Gavin Schmidt explained that every scientist is an advocate, and asks provocatively what should we advocate for? The answer, all successful scientists must advocate for the use of resources to support their research, many of us... more

The Advantages of Not Being a Wallflower at Workshops  
Dec 7, 2015 • Clay Tucker

The lesser prairie chicken of Oklahoma and Texas. Photo: USGS

Here in the South Central region of the United States we are confronted with a slough of climate issues. The annual workshop for our regional Climate Science Center (SC CSC) was held this past November in Fort Worth, Texas. Annual workshops are designed to encourage collaboration among scientists and stakeholders within the South... more

Targeting 2 degrees Celcius in Paris, #COP21  
Nov 30, 2015 • Ambarish Karmalkar

Global CO2 emissions for four IPCC concentration pathways and corresponding temperature projections. Source: Global Carbon Project

The twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) has convened in Paris this week to agree on global solutions to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. The goal is to achieve a legally binding international agreement aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The last such treaty signed 18 years ago, the Kyoto... more