NASA/ Scientist Gavin Schmidt Winner of AGU Communicator Award

The first-year American Geophysical Union climate communications prize goes to NASA/GISS and RealClimate scientist Gavin Schmidt.

NASA/Goddard Institute for Space Studies climate scientist Gavin Schmidt, the “driving force” behind, is the winner of the American Geophysical Union’s first Climate Communications Prize, which carries with it a cash award of $25,000.

Schmidt worked with photographer Joshua Wolfe in 2009 to co-edit Climate Change: Picturing the Science, with articles by him and other scientists. A statement from Columbia University’s Earth Institute, which is affiliated with NASA/GISS, said the realclimate website is ranked the fifth most popular science blog in the world and is “the top-ranked one on climate.”

The Columbia Earth Institute statement said Schmidt “is often called upon by the media to provide a scientist’s perspective on climate studies and issues, and has become a seasoned commentator, making appearances in newspapers, TV, radio and magazines. In addition to straight commentary, he has shown himself willing to do more offbeat appearances, such as a David Letterman Show comedy segment that made gentle fun of climate scientists.”

According to the Columbia Earth Institute release, Schmidt’s nominators had characterized him as “an articulate, rigorous and resolute defender of research and the scientific method …. providing a scientific context that is sometimes missing in the mainstream media …. There is no other scientist with the combination of intellect, agility and plain-speaking sensibility than Gavin Schmidt, who educates, not alienates, the public.”

Schmidt recently expressed some of his attitudes on climate scientists as communicators at a presentation sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Department of Soil, Water, and Climate.  His views are summarized  in an article by Mary Hoff of the university’s Institute on the Environment.

Schmidt is to accept the AGU award during the organization’s annual meeting in San Francisco in early December. Accepting a separate climate science communications award during that same December 4-9 week in San Francisco is Penn State University geologist Richard B. Alley, winner of the first annual Stephen H. Schneider memorial award for effective climate science communications. Alley recently also was chosen a Heinz Family Foundation $100,000 award winner.

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2 Responses to NASA/ Scientist Gavin Schmidt Winner of AGU Communicator Award

  1. Michael Ioffe says:

    Please look at “Climate Models, Climate Forcing and Climate Change: Dr. Gavin Schmidt”
    In beginning we have good picture of Annual Mean Temperature Anomalies.
    If we will try to understand, why most anomalies are mostly on the continents, why they are mostly in North Hemisphere we no need to listen all other information, which are good but contradict this picture.
    Properties of water are real big factor in climate change, together with changing reflection of direct sun radiation by human activities.
    Convection forces between Oceans and Continents, which was changed by human activities, by reduction of evaporation on continents and changes in reflection of direct sun radiation are real big players in climate change and could explain better all changes.
    Somehow these forces minimized by computer models.
    It is huge problems for all scientists, which used computer model, and explain they result for public.
    Dr. Gavin Schmidt is in the same boat with wrong science.

  2. Subject: The whole concept of Earth warming must be revised from the standpoint of:
    A new paradigm on Earth’s extraction out of glaciation.
    Milankovitch has been found not guilty!
    CO2 provided some help in the deglaciation.
    Carbon Dioxide ( CO2 ) did increase during the last deglaciation. However, it was a byproduct of another mechanism warming Earth ending the last glaciation.

    Two events are involved in the deglaciation. One was extremely slow and would have eventually warmed Earth baring no disruption. The second was rapid and overrode the first.

    No investigator before the author of the text ” The End of The Last Ice Age “, found at:, examined the energy levels necessary to extract Earth out of glaciation. The energy level extracting Earth out of the Younger Dryas Event ( YDE ) at 11,700 yBP was 123 time that from the Sun. That is slightly less than 170 kilowatts per square meter. Solar is and was about 1.36 kilowatts per square meter.

    The first point which started Earth warming is hidden in the data from the ice cores and it is complex which requires a good bit of reading and study to understand. But, so is the factor that warmed Earth rapidly at several point in the PHT or if you like: ” The end of the last glaciation. “.

    There are three illustrations in the noted text that will change the way scientists look at Earth’s paleo, present, and future climate. Those illustrations are Ill 7.6a,-b; -7.7, and 14.00. There are on the order of 65 illustrations in the noted text and each one illuminates some aspect of Earth’s geology, climate and astronomy. Just how did the Black Mats come to exist? And, how about the Carolina Bays? What produced the energy levels noted above to warm Earth in just 150 years at 11,700 yBP. How is paleoclimate related to the paper published by: “ Solanki, S.K., et al. 2005. 11,000 Year Sunspot Number Reconstruction. “ The great variability in his C14 data created a question in research related to the solar variability. But, did the Sun quit working for 350 years? Not likely!

    The noted text generates many questions, answers a great many and opens a totally new avenue to climate and astronomical research. But, you must read deeply to understand the underlying principle the text presents.

    It is all about energy; transferred, converted and used.

    I appreciate your time.
    Thank you,

    Everette L. Wampler
    Author of the series: THE ADVENT of MODERN MAN, Volume II, First Edition – The End of The Last Ice Age.