Researchers often come up against the challenge of effectively communicating complex data to an audience beyond academia. In the case of climate-change science, this challenge is a special one. Now a highly politicized issue, climate change has camps of interested parties among specialists, policy makers, and the general public. In such an environment, what should researchers do—and what do they need to do—to make the scientific data widely accessible and interpretable?
Appearing as panelists are Ned Gardiner, Gavin Schmidt, and Sabine Marx. Ned Gardiner is the Climate Visualization Project Manager at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s Climate Program Office. He works to advance NOAA's climate communications, concentrating on data visualization in many contexts, including the NOAA Climate Service Portal (www.climate.gov) and public events around the world. Gavin Schmidt is a climate modeler at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, where he studies why climate has changed in the past, why it is changing now, and what risks that implies for the future. He is a co-founder of the blog RealClimate.org and co-author of a popular science book Climate Change: Picturing the Science with photographer Josh Wolfe. Sabine Marx is the Managing Director at the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED) at Columbia University. Her research focuses on the use of climate information in agriculture, public health, and disaster preparedness and management. She is especially interested in the integration of climate science and social science, communication of climate information, and outreach to decision makers.
This event is free and open to the public. It is the last of six events this academic year in a speaker series organized by the Scholarly Communication Program. Follow the series remotely via Twitter at http://twitter.com/ScholarlyComm. Video will be distributed through the Program's website and Columbia University's iTunesU and YouTube pages. For information on the series, Research without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication, please email Kathryn Pope at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://scholcomm.columbia.edu/events.