NOV. 5, 2020 by CLAY TUCKER and JILL TREPANIER “It was over in less than two and a half hours,” our neighbor Bob explained about his experience with Hurricane Zeta on October 28, 2020. Bob is a rarity: a permanent resident in the small unincorporated coastal town of Cocodrie, Louisiana. Though the nearest post office … Continue reading The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season in Perspective
OCT. 8, 2020 by ADRIENNE WOOTTEN Image courtesy of epiphan.com Let's face it, the current pandemic has changed a lot for how most scientists work. We're teleworking more than before, doing webinars, and having virtual meetings in place of in-person meetings. One thing I do frequently is climate modeling 101 presentations and webinars. Back in … Continue reading Recording Science at Home
JUN 4, 2018 ELSITA KIEKEBUSCH Photo: 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 of … Continue reading Visualizing uncertainty
DEC 4, 2017 ADRIENNE WOOTTEN Photo credit: Union of Concerned Scientists In my ECCF post in May, I discussed my concern about the politicization of scientists and the perception of that amongst conservatives and the general public. Recent papers add to my concern that the perception of scientists has become politicized, and will continue to be so, … Continue reading Consensus, Understanding, and Integrity
SEP 18, 2017 MEAGHAN GUCKIAN Photo: NOAA-NASA GOES Project World renowned climate scientist, Michael E. Mann, recently co-authored a Washington Post article titled, ‘Harvey and Irma should kill any doubt that climate change is real.’ This is a sentiment likely shared amongst those most familiar with the influence of rising sea and air temperatures on extreme … Continue reading The winds of change? Extreme weather events and public opinion on climate change
SEP 5, 2017 ADRIENNE WOOTTEN AND JESSICA BLACKBAND In recent years, numerous climate projections (such as MACA or LOCA) have been made available for use in impact assessments and adaptation planning. However, the breadth of available projections presents a daunting challenge to managers and scientists who are trying to determine which projections are appropriate for a particular decision context. … Continue reading Using Climate Projections in the (Almost) Real World
JUN 26, 2017 by TONI KLEMM 7th-graders learning about climate change. Photo: Toni Klemm We’ve all heard the phrase that science should be explained on the level of sixth- to eighth-graders to be understandable for a general audience, right? But who has ever tried to explain science to actual sixth- to eighth-graders? I can now proudly say … Continue reading Talking climate change to middle-schoolers
APR 3, 2017 CAITLIN ROTTLER Photo: Cait Rottler Hi, I’m Cait Rottler, scientist and asker-of-(too)-many-questions. I like to know as much as I can about as many things as I can, because the more you know, the less likely you’ll get stuck in a position where you know nothing. Right now, my official title is a … Continue reading SciComm: No One Expects the Game of Twenty Questions!
MAR 20, 2017 GIL OUELLETTE Photo credit: Bryan Francis (March for Science) “Science” is a word that means many things to many people. If you were to ask a practicing scientist how they define science, you might receive one of myriad responses. How each of us conceptualizes science may be unique, but most scientists recognize a … Continue reading Out of the Lab and Into the Light, Why Scientists are Marching
JAN 8, 2017 RYAN BOYLES On getting climate model projections in the hand of managers. In the past several decades, climate scientists have developed robust models that simulate past climate conditions and provide meaningful projections for the future. In the past several years, researchers have developed downscaled climate projections that provide the kind of local guidance … Continue reading We have these climate projections – now how do we use them?