In recognition of his exceptional work as a climate communicator, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) has selected Gavin Schmidt as the recipient of its inaugural Climate Communications Prize.
Schmidt is a climate scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and co-founder of the RealClimate.org, a blog that covers areas of science related to climate-from present-day measurements to paleoclimate proxies, from natural climate variation to anthropogenic change.
Schmidt has also worked with photographers on a popular science book, on museum exhibits, and on online courses and has often appeared on TV and radio and in print.
Schmidt said, "Talking to the public and the media is often neglected in assessing people's contributions, and yet, as taxpayer-funded scientists we have a collective responsibility to share the expertise we have with the broader public. I'm very happy that the efforts I've made-in collaboration with many colleagues-have been recognized by this new award. I hope that this can serve as an encouragement for more scientists to dip their toe into the public discussions."
The prize, which comes with a $25,000 cash award, is sponsored by Nature's Own, a Boulder, Colo.-based company specializing in the sale of minerals, fossils, and decorative stone specimens.
"This award will help increase communication of our scientific understanding of climate change and its consequences, and I congratulate Gavin for all that he has accomplished and what it means for the scientific community," said Nature's Own president and founder Roy Young, an AGU member. "Gavin has worked tirelessly to bring the work of scientists in understanding our changing world to both the public debate as well as to the broader scientific community."
The award will be presented to Schmidt in December during the honors celebration at AGU's Fall Meeting in San Francisco.
The American Geophysical Union is a not-for-profit, professional, scientific organization with more than 60,000 members representing over 148 countries. AGU advances the Earth and space sciences through its scholarly publications, conferences, and outreach programs.
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