Azimuth on Google Plus (Part 2)

Here are some of the tidbits I’ve posted to my Azimuth circle on Google+ recently. If you want to join this circle, just let me know!

First, here’s a random example of the fun stuff I’ve been bumping into over on Google+. This is a video of the Aurora Australis taken by the crew of the International Space Station on 17 September 2011 as they passed from south of Madagascar to just north of Australia over the Indian Ocean:

Note how the aurora lights up the bottom of the space station!

Next, the serious stuff:

• Unlike some US presidential candidates, the CIA takes climate change seriously. After all, intelligence is the CIA’s middle name. Two years ago they created the Center on Climate Change and National Security to study the political ramifications of a hotter world.

However, they just said that all of the work being done at this center is classified.

• Barry Brooks just wrote about the Azimuth Project in his BraveNewClimate blog. He likes it! He says he’s found it to be “highly useful”, and he invites you all to join:

Why bother? Because if done credibly, it may well be that resources like this will become one-stop-shops that you can recommend to your family, friends, business associates or even politicians, to make informed rather than evidence-free choices about our future options.

If you want to know more, visit the Azimuth Forum and see what we’re doing Even better, join it and tell us what you’re doing!

• Sheril Turlington writes about ocean acidification on Science Progress:

An international team of marine biologists recently traveled to Papua New Guinea where excess CO2 released from volcanic activity has already decreased local ocean pH to the levels that are expected globally by 2100. In this area, they found that more than 90 percent of the region’s coral reef species were lost.

Climate Communication is a new science and outreach organization dedicated to improving public understanding of climate change science. The director explains the idea here.

For scientists, we’re offering workshops in communicating climate science that go far beyond typical media training. We focus on the specific challenges of communicating about climate change. We go beyond problems of language to consider psychological and cultural issues. Our Science Director, Richard Somerville, and I led a climate communication workshop at the American Geophysical Union meeting in December 2010 and we’ll both be speaking there again this year. We led a workshop at NASA Jet Propulsion Lab on communicating about climate change. And we have more workshops planned. We welcome inquires about holding additional workshops and professional development sessions.

For journalists, we’re making the latest science available in a more accessible form and helping them identify the best experts to interview on particular topics. In a fast-paced and challenging media environment, we’re bringing the science to journalists in ways that are credible and helpful. Last week we held a telephone press conference featuring leading climate scientists discussing the linkages between extreme weather and climate change. We also posted a summary of the latest peer-reviewed science on that subject. Journalists are welcome to contact us and we’ll do our best to help. 

For the public, we’re producing clear, brief summaries of the most important things they need to know about climate change, using not only words but also videos and animations. We’re providing concise answers to the key questions people ask: What’s happening to climate and why? How will it affect us? And what can we do about it? 

The Yale and George Mason Universities’ studies tell us the questions most Americans want answered. Our science advisors answer those questions and more, simply and clearly, at our website in both text and videos.

Our Science Advisors include many of the world’s leading climate scientists, who are also great communicators: Ken Caldeira, Julia Cole, Robert Corell, Kerry Emanuel, Katharine Hayhoe, Greg Holland, Jeff Kiehl, Michael MacCracken, Michael Mann, Jeff Masters, Jerry Meehl, Jonathan Overpeck, Camille Parmesan, Barrett Rock, Benjamin Santer, Kevin Trenberth, Warren Washington, and Don Wuebbles.

You can read their bios, learn what they do outside of science, and even see them in action on our website, in brief bio videos. We also put together a short video on what the public really needs to know about climate change. And there are many more videos on common climate questions, extreme weather and climate change, and other topics. We hope to help amplify their voices and bring more clarity to public discussions of this great challenge.

• You can get a lot of climate and geological data in the OPenDAP format by going here. Temperature data, solar radiation data, coral reef data, comparisons between the present and the Last Glacial Maximum, and much much more!

R is a software environment optimized for doing statistics. Want to use it to analyze time series data? Seasonal adjustments and all that? Then this book is for you!

• The Institute for New Economic Thinking is giving out grants to study issues including “Sustainable Economics” and “Models of Economic Development, Innovation and Growth”.

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