2010-12-16 04:04:50SS gets praise at AGU meeting
Julian Brimelow

Well done John! 

Chris Mooney writes,

"At the same time, though, scientists will be racking up small victories. They’ll be winning over audiences in public talks and local media interviews, even as they train their students to do likewise. They’ll be starting out blogs, like skepticalscience.com (which was much praised yesterday), and initiatives like the Climate Science Rapid Response team."

 [from http://desmogblog.com/what%E2%80%99s-hot-climate-science-today-communicating]

2010-12-17 17:14:05
Andy S

More praise today (Thursday) from the guy who runs the NASA Earth Observatory site who placed Skeptical Science as one of the most reliable online sources of information on climate, behind only RealClimate but ahead of the NASA site. Congratulations, John!
2010-12-18 07:54:46AGU meeting
John Cook

Andy, cool news, this is the first I've heard of it. Don't suppose you acn get the guy's name? It's a big thumbs up for all of us as there are many contributors to SkS. AGU sounds like an awesome event and I'm jealous of those who manage to get there - it sounds like comic con for climate geeks. It's great to hear the people who are really there at the coal face (pardon the pun) praise SkS as it's a sign that we're doing something right (as is when skeptics criticise us).
2010-12-18 10:31:57
Andy S

http://agu-fm10.abstractcentral.com/planner?NEXT_PAGE=ITINERARY_ABS_DET_POP&SESSION_ABSTRACT_ID=720543&ABSTRACT_ID=969868&SESSION_ID=73540&PROGRAM_ID=2709 This should be a link to the abstract (I'm using an iPad so forgive the lack of proper formatting) the author's last name is Simmon. Indeed the AGU meeting is fantastic. I'll write a report about it for this forum in a day or two. Every climate geek should try to attend, especially you John!
2010-12-18 16:58:57Wish I could be there
John Cook

Unfortunately, the Pacific Ocean is between me and San Francisco so no dice this year. So those people in the audience at AGU who are talking up SkS - it's not me in disguise!

Look forward to your report, Andy. Have been greedily gobbling up all the AGU morsels that have filtered onto the web.

2010-12-20 06:27:05
Andy S


Here's a link to the abstract of the Robert Simmon NASA talk (one that works, I hope).

I have emailed him to see if he'll provide us with a copy of his presentation.


Climate change is a complex, multi-disciplinary subject. Accurately conveying this complexity to general audiences, while still communicating the basic facts, is challenging. Our approach is to combine climate change information with a wide range of Earth system science topics, illustrated by satellite imagery and data visualizations. NASA's Earth Observatory web site (earthobservatory.nasa.gov) uses the broad range of NASA's remote sensing technologies, data, and research to communicate climate change science. We serve two primary audiences: the "attentive public" --people interested in and willing to seek out information about science, technology, and the environment--and media. We cover the breadth of Earth science, with information about climate change integrated with stories about weather, geology, oceanography, and solar flares. Current event-driven imagery is used as a hook to draw readers. We then supply links to supplemental information, either about current research or the scientific basics. We use analogies, carefully explain jargon or acronyms, and build narratives which both attract readers and make information easier to remember. These narratives are accompanied by primers on topics like energy balance or the water cycle. Text is carefully integrated with illustrations and state-of-the-art data visualizations. Other site features include a growing list of climate questions and answers, addressing common misconceptions about global warming and climate change. Maps of global environmental parameters like temperature, rainfall, and vegetation show seasonal change and long-term trends. Blogs from researchers in the field provide a look at the day-to-day process of science. For the media, public domain imagery is supplied at full resolution and links are provided to primary sources. 


Earth Observatory Site 

2010-12-21 06:07:18awesome
Dana Nuccitelli
That's pretty awesome that SkS is getting praise from climate scientists.  That's about the best review we could get!