Category Communication

Surviving the climate communications environment

The title was carefully chosen. On Monday, I gave a talk to around 100 engaged and engaging students taking part in the University of Exeter’s Grand Challenge 2017. The students are introduced to a number of global challenges, and expected to work in interdisciplinary groups to come up with solutions. This year, climate change features […]

Behind the scenes at the new podcast from the Met Office

I’m pretty excited to be part of the regular team for the new Met Office podcast, Mostly Weather. We’re trying to capture a fun, relaxed and hopefully interesting discussion of science, history and little-known facts about weather and climate. I’d like to think that we hit the nerdy-but-accessible sweet spot. We’ve a couple of episodes […]

The best climate science journals (update)

What are the best/most influential/most read/most overrated journals in climate science? This turns out to be quite hard to judge, as climate science these days can seemingly include everything from economics, to biochemistry, and back to psychology. Google Scholar has a list of what it thinks are the best journals in atmospheric science. Here is […]

More ways to win at twitter

Here is a further list of ways to win at Twitter*. Some other ways can be found here. 7. Be heard Demand that your opponent reads everything that you ever wrote, on any subject. If they haven’t, or they won’t, chide them for being ignorant or narrow minded as appropriate. 8. Victim Bully Victim bully. […]

Could we run a twitter poster session?

I’ve been enjoying following the mega-meetup-12k-scientist-strong EGU conference via the hashtag #EGU15. In particular, people are tweeting pictures of and links to their posters, as adverts for other scientists that happen to be on twitter. This got me to thinking: could we use twitter to run an online-only poster session? I really like poster sessions […]

Small victories

This week, I was an author on an open letter to the climate science community, calling for and end to the use of the dreaded “Rainbow” colour palette for scientific visualisation (mirrored over at my data viz blog Better Figures). It was the busiest day ever at both CLB and BF, and we got lots […]

Why model climate?

I wrote a talk on climate modelling, aimed at the interested-but-non-specialist public.  Here it is. It touches on: 1) The choices we have to make as a society. 2) The difficulty of doing controlled experiments with a single Earth. 3) The idea of a climate model. 4) A really simple climate model from first principles. […]