"Communicating Climate Change Science" at Columbia University on April 6
NEW YORK, March 22, 2010 –

How can researchers effectively communicate climate-change science to policy makers, the general public, and researchers from other disciplines? Join us for a discussion of this and more on Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at 12:30 p.m. in Alfred Lerner Hall, Room 555, on Columbia University's Morningside Campus. The event is sponsored by Columbia University's Scholarly Communication Program and The Earth Institute.

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 kp2002@columbia.edu, or visit http://scholcomm.columbia.edu/events.

The Scholarly Communication Program explores effective uses of digital technology for sharing new knowledge. The Program, based at the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) within Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, highlights innovative approaches to communicating scholarly work and examines related debates over policy and practice, particularly in the context of global research.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.  

The Earth Institute's mission is to mobilize the sciences, education and public policy to achieve a sustainable Earth. Through interdisciplinary research among more than 500 scientists in diverse fields, the Institute is adding to the knowledge necessary for addressing the challenges of the 21st century and beyond. With over two dozen associated degree curricula and a vibrant fellowship program, the Earth Institute is educating new leaders to become professionals and scholars in the growing field of sustainable development. We work alongside governments, businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals to devise innovative strategies to protect the future of our planet.

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