A Well Deserved Honor

The rest of us here would like to congratulate Gavin on a well-deserved honor. He is the recipient of the inaugural AGU Climate Communication Prize. Since co-founding RealClimate back in 2004, Gavin has emerged as the de facto leader of RealClimate, having written the majority of our posts–and many of our best ones. One of his very first contributions “Michael Crichton’s State of Confusion” remains one of our most highly cited posts. One of his most recent, about what the recent CERN experiments do (and don’t) tell us about cloud processes, is a good example of his characteristic knack for explaining complex scientific issues with clarity and wit. Gavin also takes the lead role in dealing with the comments on RC posts. His almost non-stop, patient, response to the flood of comments that ensued in the week following the CRU email server hack in late 2009 impressed us all.

Gavin’s communication efforts, of course, go well beyond RealClimate. He is frequently quoted in mainstream news venues and often appears on radio and television news programs, to help communicate key aspects of climate science to the public. Here he is in an interview articulating both the science and the history of the science, and putting the recent politicizing of climate science into context. (It’s worth watching this interview to the end, by the way, for some thoughts on what you can do to improve communication of climate science.) He’s also produced a very accessible and beautiful book, Climate Change: Picturing the Science (with photographer Josh Wolfe).

Gavin’s efforts go well beyond the classic ‘public understanding of science’, since what he so successfully promotes is the ‘public understanding of research’. He makes it understandable and tangible how scientists work and think, not just what their results are. Gavin is a champion of easy access to data: see our Realclimate section on data sources. And, of course, a champion of making good use of the available data: see his many articles where he explains how particular questions (such as whether climate models agree with data) should not be speculated about but can be answered by anyone with basic skills simply by using publicly available data archives. Gavin’s work is often about empowering people to draw their own conclusions.

All of this is based on a solid foundation of his own scientific research: Gavin is a top-notch climatologist with an excellent publication record (h-index: 33), and we and our colleagues refer frequently to Gavin’s numerous papers in our own research and teaching. We only sometimes wonder whether his days have 30 hours, or how he finds the time to achieve all this.

Of course we’re a bit biased here at RealClimate, but it is truly hard to imagine a more deserving recipient for this award than Gavin.

Congratulations, once again, to our colleague and friend.

Mike Mann, Eric Steig, Stefan Rahmstorf, Jim Bouldin, Ray Pierrehumbert, David Archer, and the rest of RealClimate

167 comments on this post.
  1. Marlowe Johnson:

    Congratulations on the award Gavin! Gold-plated bowling pins in your future perhaps :) ?

  2. Kris Aydt:

    Congrats Gavin on you well deserved award for communication from the AGU! Well done!

    Kris

  3. Hugh Laue:

    Congratulations Gavin on your AGU award. Your scientific integrity is inspirational.

  4. EOttawa:

    As a lurker here, I hope its acceptable to use this forum to congratulate Dr. Schmidt on receiving the AGU’s inaugural Climate Communications Prize. Thank you for your efforts as well as the other members of the realclimate team.

  5. PJ:

    Congrats to Gavin and the whole team! RC really does provide an invaluable service. Many thanks for your tireless efforts!

  6. SteveF:

    Hear hear.

  7. Steve Bloom:

    No doubt he’ll tell you that the old-fashioned British telephone cubicle he keeps at the back of his office is just a memento of home, but don’t believe it. :)

  8. John P. Reisman (OSS Foundation):

    My most sincere and heartfelt congratulations and thanks to your dedication, style, honesty, honor and sincerity as well as your wit, clarity and capacity.

    Thank you,
    John P. Reisman

  9. Sphaerica (Bob):

    Very, very well deserved. Congratulations.

  10. Andrew Brown:

    Congratulations Gavin from a long time lurker and reader of RealClimate. I greatly appreciate the efforts you and the other RealClimate contributors make.

    Thank you

    Andrew Brown

  11. Russell:

    I hope the AIPG matches the award by way of apology

  12. Adam R.:

    Congratulations, Dr. Schmidt. My sincere thanks to you and the other contributors to RealClimate.

  13. KR:

    Congratulations, Dr. Schmidt. I have found your postings well written and uniformly interesting – it’s a pleasure to see your skills and knowledge recognized.

  14. Chris Colose:

    Congratulations! Well-deservedrnatiz easy

  15. Daniel Bailey:

    Kudo’s Gavin! And similar huzzah’s to the other scientists who participate in running this blog: you are appreciated no less.

  16. Russell:

    Congratulations. Gavin.

    Considering how much snake oil its wayward members have slung , I hope the American Institute of Petroleum Herpetologists AIPG matches the AGU award by way of apology!

  17. tamino:

    I add my congratulations to Gavin for his well-deserved award.

    I’ll also add that in addition to his expertise, clarity, and wit, Gavin has a cool head and gentlemanly demeanor in responding to even the most foolish (and most hostile) of comments). It’s an equanimity I (and most bloggers) can only aspire to, not match.

    BTW, you can find a brief interview with Gavin on ClimateSight.

  18. Darv:

    “…his characteristic knack for explaining complex scientific issues with clarity and wit.”
    Thank you Dr Schmidt.

  19. AndyB:

    Congrats Gavin. I have too wondered if somehow you had more hours in the day than I do. But I suspect that it only seems like that because you think so clearly.

  20. David B. Benson:

    What Tamino just wrote.

    Wonderful!

  21. Jack Maloney:

    Congratulations to Dr. Schmidt, whose efforts have won him a well-deserved place among award-winning climate communicators like Rajendra Pachauri and Al Gore.

  22. Peter Mizla:

    Congrats to you Gavin- one of the Planets heroes – and one of mine.

  23. Septic Matthew:

    Congratulations. I am often thankful for the opportunity to read and post here.

  24. Steve Fish:

    Congratulations, Gavin! In addition to your clear and knowledgeable articles, I especially look forward to your inline comments for redirecting and explaining the science within the flow of a comment thread, and to your matter-of-fact recognition of silliness when you see it. I extend this compliment to the whole team, but Gavin is the one who most frequently takes the bull by the horns (pun intended). Steve

  25. skywatcher:

    Congratulations! The clarity of your postings, and the admirable patience you show with some very hostile commenting is truly admirable. Also the time spent dealing with comments and abuse must be considerable, especially during such episodes as the hacked emails. A thoroughly deserved award.

  26. Hank Roberts:

    Well recognized, well done.

  27. Pete Dunkelberg:

    Congratulations Gavin! Well deserved indeed. Without your many inline comments I would understand less about so many things.

  28. Balazs:

    I can’t stop thinking, what if Michael Crichton was right and climate change turns out to be a non issue, What if our generation wasted prestigious resources on wind turbines and carbon sequestration, while we let millions to die of hunger and diarrhea. I am sorry, but I grew up worrying about malnutrition and illiteracy that completely faded away as we started to worry about climate change. I can’t stop thinking of the Occupy Wall Street protesters, who are angry at those who earn 7-9 digit figures and don’t realize that their 5-6 digit salary might be just as outrageous for those who live under 3 digit annual income. I am sorry to say, but I would rather have my taxes spent on aid programs in Africa than biofuel subsidies in Kansas or Iowa.

    [Response: Don't confuse policy issues with science. Michael Crichton is not right, nor will he turn out to have been right, on the science. Your worries about what society should be doing policy wise is an entirely different question, and you cannot assume that any of us would argue that taxes should be spent on biofuel subsidies rather than aid programs; indeed, I would certainly not make such an argument. As for your comments re protestors on Wall Street .. huh??--eric]

    [Response: Re biofuels: The German Advisory Council on Global Change (of which I am a member) has written a thick report on this issue and we recommended to our government to scrap support for biofuels. Nevertheless, large investments will have to be made to make the transition to a sustainable energy system - but why on Earth do you think this money should come off aid programs in Africa? How about (just to give another idea) off the ~ $500 billion government subsidies for fossil fuels that we still have around the world? stefan]

  29. adelady:

    I’ll join the chorus. Congratulations to Gavin.

    In fact, given half a chance I’d conduct the whole choir.

  30. Susanne:

    More than congratulations: many, many thanks.

  31. MapleLeaf:

    Excellent news! Hard earned and much deserved. Thank you for everything that you do Gavin.

  32. AIC:

    Congratulations and Thank You, Gavin!

    I also remember watching almost in awe as you handled the flood of comments in the wake of the CRU email server hack.

    And while I am at it, Thank You to the rest of the RC team.

  33. Charles:

    Yes, indeed: hearty congratulations, Gavin! One thing that so impresses me is your ability to comment authoritatively and in depth on so many dimensions of climate and climate change. I would imagine your work in modeling requires such a comprehensive knowledge. That you do possess such expertise is evidenced by the comments made by outside experts who occasionally post here.

    And, yes, your untiring, patient, and detailed responses during climate gate were an educational tour de force.

  34. MartinJB:

    Way to go! This is a well-deserved recognition for one of the most important information resources on the web. Congratulation!

    Cheers,

    MartinJB

  35. Gareth:

    Congrats, Gavin. Can I borrow your TARDIS at some point, please?

  36. Michael Tobis:

    +1

  37. john byatt:

    Gavin’s Marathon, replying to the CRU hack claims was the only sanctuary of sanity at the time, always appreciated, probably not thanked enough.

    Avid daily follower

    JB

  38. Peter Winters:

    Congratulations. You have my utmost admiration.

  39. Julie Brigham-Grette:

    Gavin –super news. thanks for all you do! We are all proud of your contributions, tolerance and bravery. These are challenging times! all the best Julie BG

  40. Thomas:

    What Steve Fish said. You are an inspiration.

  41. jyyh:

    congratulations for the award. no hard feelings of the couple of times my too heated comments got edited. cool demeanour is very important in communicating science and this is a science site.

  42. Jaime Frontero:

    Congratulations Gavin. Well-earned, well-deserved.

  43. Edward Greisch:

    Congratulations. Congratulations is also found on:
    http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/18/a-deserved-award-for-gavin-schmidt-of-real-climate-and-nasa/

    Gavin Schmidt and RealClimate have done all that they are supposed to do and more. They are scientists, not journalists.

    See:
    http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2011/10/18/346333/evidence-builds-that-scientists-underplay-climate-impacts

    I know that since you are being scientific, you don’t want to go beyond what is proven. I also know that you are facing several headwinds, such as fossil fuel industry propaganda and lobbying and human nature: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/16/machiavelli-and-humanitys-lukewarm-response-to-warming/
    http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/02/a-map-of-organized-climate-change-denial/

    When the really big climate impact happens, John Q Public will still say: “Why didn’t you tell us?” The only answer is: “We did. Why weren’t you listening?”

    John Q will then say: “I saw 2 experts on TV. One said “A” and the other said “Z.” How am I supposed to know the difference?” The average person really can’t tell the difference. We have Texas governor John Perry to thank for screwing up badly enough that more people are now on our side. [How strangely......!!]

    We can hope that publicity from the award will help get the message out. I know that scientists are shy and do not like to be the center of attention. I surely don’t like to be the center of attention. Forgive the attention this time, please. The public needs the information.

  44. Edward Greisch:

    Woops! DID I get the Texas Governor’s name wrong?

  45. Harvey:

    Congratulations and WELL DONE!!!

  46. Philippe Chantreau:

    Heart felt congratulations Gavin, and by extension to Real Climate. This site was my first and foremost source of information when I first ran into the climate denial rethoric. It remains at the top, along with Skeptical Science, recently awarded by the Australian Museum. Keep up the good work.

  47. Ted Kirkpatrick:

    Congratulations, Gavin. Well-deserved!

  48. R. Gates:

    Well done, well deserved, and please keep up the important work you do!

  49. Timothy Chase:

    Congratulations, Gavin, on an honor well deserved. You are a special teacher. Your seemingly tireless efforts during the CRU/Climatology smear campaign is something that will always stand out in my mind. You have extraordinary patience. You have great insight into the science that identifies the issues humanity now faces and the psychology of those that prefer shadows. In these dark times you carry a torch that ever so brightly illuminates both, and hopeful steps along a path to a more sunlit future.

  50. Jon Frankis:

    Congratulations, richly deserved, and kudos as well to you runners-up guys.

  51. Marco:

    Not being much of a singer, I’ll join the chorus but mime the words
    “congratulations, Gavin!”

    Keep up the good work.

  52. Ike Solem:

    Congratulations – but as far as effective action to mitigate the buildup of fossil-fuel sourced gases in the atmosphere, it’s been a complete failure so far, hasn’t it? All academic awards aside, that’s what you find if you sample the atmosphere. Hardly reason for celebration, I’d say. Many of the putative solutions being promoted by government academics, from cap-and-trade to “clean coal carbon capture” consist of little more than fraudulent disinformation tactics aimed at continuing business-as-usual. Without an aggressive roadmap for the complete replacement of fossil fuels with renewables, nothing will change, will it?

  53. Nick Stokes:

    Congratulations, Gavin
    I think you have done a very valuable job with great skill and aplomb.

  54. J Bowers:

    Well done Gavin, very much deserved. Will you be treating the AGU captive audience to a bit of nifty juggling? What an opportunity.

  55. Craig Nazor:

    This is one of my favorite web sites, and it never fails to excite my interest in a very complicated field of study. Congratulations to Gavin on a well-deserved reward, and a thank you to all of the rest of the RealClimate authors and scientists who add tremendous depth to the articles and the discussions.

    I am very politically active on this issue. At this point, I have sat through hundreds of hours of public hearings at the local, state, and federal level. Having this resource helps to add the power of scientific truth to my public statements, and helps keep me inspired to do more. RealClimate is making a real difference!

  56. CM:

    +1! Congratulations, and thanks.

  57. frflyer:

    Congradulations to Gavin
    Thank you and thank all the other, who post and comment here, for teachning me so much.

  58. Hunt Janin:

    If Gavin will give me two or three sentences authoritively explaining the relationship between sea level rise and storm surges, I shall raise another altar in his honor.

  59. John Little (Cambridge UK):

    Great work. Please keep it up:-)

  60. Nick Barnes:

    Congratulations to Gavin. I’ve been reading RealClimate since the first post, and his expertise, hard work, and patience are exemplary. Both this award and last month’s to John Cook remind us just how high the bar is for excellence in climate science communication.

  61. Louise Doughty:

    Well done Gavin. I’ve learnt such a lot from this site, even if I don’t always understand all of it. It’s a really valuable source of real information and science. A really big thank you to you, and ‘the team’ for all your hard work.

  62. johnmac:

    Congratulations, Gavin. Your efforts here are much appreciated by this non-scientist. I was hugely impressed at how you handled the CRU dramas, and your clear, calm posts and comments and on Real Climate are of great value. Many thanks!

  63. Mganus Westerstrand:

    You are doing a very important job. Well deserved!

  64. Dikran Marsupial:

    Congratulations Gavin, well deserved indeed! I hope the other regular contributors to RealClimate appear on the list of winners of this prize in years to come, as it would be well deserved for them as well!

  65. Mikel:

    Many congratulations. Like the site so much, I bought the book.

  66. Anteros:

    Congratulations – from a thorough-going sceptic. I disagree with a lot of your conclusions but greatly admire your work.

  67. P. Lewis:

    I see that the “worldwide conspiracy” amongst scientists continues then.

    How can Dr Schmidt have been awarded such an accolade when “everyone’s favourite weatherman”, who fronts what idiots Bloggies voted “Best Science Blog” in 2011, doesn’t get a mention in dispatches? The said weatherman’s arguments and articles have done more to convince me of the truth that is AGW than any other communicator.

    … which is a roundabout way of saying what a well-deserved recognition this is from the non-potty peers.

  68. Anne-Marie Blackburn:

    Adding my congratulations – a thoroughly deserved prize for a great communicator. Keep the good work up!

  69. Anand:

    So, for publishing material in support of scientific orthodoxy rather than asking questions, and for controlling the flow of comments, by deleting, delaying and ‘moderating’ the conversation, Gavin Schmidt gets an award? Well, congratulations indeed.

    I remember; what ought to have been a simple exchange dragged on for weeks because the moderator would release my replies slowly. Those who were interested in answering/responding, simply dropped away. Who could blame them! We are told that the award is for ‘communication’.

    I doubt that anyone can lay a finger on Dr Schmidt’s scientific abilities. But good science does not translate to a good strategy for communication. I am thinking of the number of bloggers and commenters whose words were trampled upon, and what they think of Realclimate (and by extension, Gavin Schmidt). Just as in science, as a blogger, credibility is what you have with your peers, and not the accolades showered by people who don’t know how the climate debate is made to work here. I think we know what people think of Realclimate in this respect.

    [Response: Nobody's against you Anand. I'm always willing to take your questions, within the constraints of time available. You have had some good ones.--Jim]

  70. Paul A:

    Congratulation Gavin – thoroughly deserved. In the wake of the CRU email hack I found your posts the most authoritative and insightful commentary available. You helped me and no doubt many others make sense of what was really going on at that time. For that you have my personal and heartfelt gratitude.

  71. Sou:

    Congratulations Gavin – you are a legend. And a huge thank you for teaching us so much so clearly – and with seemingly endless patience.

  72. Mr. N:

    Congrats to you Gavin and to the entire RC team. You truly are a beacon of light.

    All the best…

  73. Kevin McKinney:

    Well, I’m way too late to be ‘seconding’ this post, but FWIW, I’m in full agreement.

    Thanks, Gavin!

    (And, while in thanking mode, thanks to the rest of the RC team as well. Most admirable, all!)

  74. Scrooge:

    RC has helped in more ways than they can ever realize. Keep up the good work.

  75. dhogaza:

    Anand:

    I think we know what people think of Realclimate in this respect.

    Yes, some of us think that Realclimate has let us down by not boreholing your post.

    So, for publishing material in support of scientific orthodoxy rather than asking questions

    Oh, yeah, just what we need, another blog with endless streams of people claiming that everything we know about physics is wrong, typed on computers that only work because everything we know about physics is mostly correct (though in some areas incomplete).

    Congratulations, Gavin, on your well-deserved reward and … don’t lose the “moderate” key on your keyboard!

  76. Ron Taylor:

    Heartfelt congratulations, Gavin. The award is highly merited, but even it cannot begin to match the importance of your contributions to the intelligent discussion of climate science. In particular, your patience, consistency and endurance in the face of the email flap was truly inspirational and, I suspect, was enormously encouraging to climate scientists who were under direct attack.

  77. WheelsOC:

    Even if Gavin retired from blogging today, he’d be leaving behind an enormous trove of invaluable posts describing what the science says AND how the science works, which would all be useful for years to come. I only hope Schmidt and the rest of the Real Climate crew keep at it the way they’ve been doing it.

    Thanks for making it so accessible; you deserve this award.

  78. Jeffrey Davis:

    From personal experience, I prize Gavin’s patience dealing with dumbos. It takes something well beyond being wrong, even hilariously so, to get him upset.

  79. Lionel A:

    Well done and richly deserved indeed.

    Being a retired engineer (aviation) I shake my head when I see comments on the blogosphere from other engineers criticizing this place for its distortions of fact. It is the only defence they can muster when confronted by your superb take down of Crichton’s distortions for example, that piece is like a red rag to a bull. I have learned much, and continue to learn, from reading comment threads and studying the literature published by yourself and your colleagues. Thank you.

    Being an engineer and not an active climate scientist I don’t tend to post here but I consider your efforts invaluable in our battle to obtain a viable future for our children and grandchildren.

  80. ocasapiens:

    Congratulations.

    “it is truly hard to imagine a more deserving recipient for this award than Gavin”
    You are not bad either.

    “Gavin’s patience dealing with dumbos”
    I hope it’s mentioned in the motivation, together with the sense of humour

  81. Mal Adapted:

    Thank you, Gavin, for your potent and tireless defense of truth. Without you, the world would surely be doomed to climate catastrophe.

  82. MarkB:

    Congratulations, Gavin! This award is well-deserved! Communication with the public is usually not rewarded, and sometimes discouraged. Although I don’t comment that often here, I read this blog regularly, and Gavin’s contributions over the years have been free education for me.

  83. L Hamilton:

    Gavin certainly deserves the award, and thanks from the scientific community for doing an important job well.

  84. CM:

    As Sting sings of another Englishman in New York, “It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile.”

  85. John:

    Many congratulations Gavin, Well deserved. I had hoped to email you personally but I couldn’t find an email from you at this time.

  86. Laurie Dougherty:

    Congratulations to Gavin and Real Climate. A well-deserved honor. Like so many others, I come to Real Climate to learn and even though much goes over my head, I am always rewarded with some measure of greater understanding. Thank you.

  87. Septic Matthew:

    69, Anand: So, for publishing material in support of scientific orthodoxy rather than asking questions, and for controlling the flow of comments, by deleting, delaying and ‘moderating’ the conversation, Gavin Schmidt gets an award?

    Yes! This is a very well run site!

    I am disappointed that a few of my posts were deleted or boreholed, but that’s no more important than stubbing my toe while hiking in the forest.

  88. Marcus:

    I particularly like Gavins inline comments starting with “Oh, please.” :o)
    Congratulations for the awesome work and this site, which has become a daly visit for me and clearly helps to develop understanding of climate issues, and simply stay up to date.

    Heartly congratulations,
    Marcus

  89. Daniel J. Andrews:

    More congratulations. I was left in awe after the climategate episode when day after day I dropped by to read comments and there was Gavin, patiently answering questions, over and over again. I copied many of his answers and links to a Word file so I could review them in preparation for the inevitable questions I would be asked about it. Thank you very much, not just for the work you did, but for making me look like I actually knew something. :-)

  90. Christoffer Bugge Harder:

    Gavin Schmidt´s communicative talents would be second to none by any standard and in any discipline, but in a politically infected field as climate science, there are no other so active, so insightful, so honest and so (sometimes undeservedly) polite and patient communicators. Congratulations from one of many JALFs (Just Another Lifetime Fan)!

  91. Walter Pearce:

    Re #69, Ya know, Anand, the orthodoxy is all on your part — same boring denialist blather. Just take your head out of [the sand] and every month you’ll find something new here at RC and, occasionally, something astonishing.

    Adding my thanks to Gavin and all on RC for disseminating serious science to us laypersons.

  92. barry:

    Thoroughly well-deserved! Congratulations Gavin Schmidt, and heartfelt thanks for your consistent clarity and good humour.

  93. Eli Rabett:

    Hear! Hear!

    [Response: Um, Eli, didn't you mean "Hare, Hare?"]

  94. sydb:

    Congratulations. When the shameful history of our times is written, there will be shining examples of those who fearlessly told the truth.

  95. grithr:

    Excellent. Congratulations to Gavin and the entire site.

  96. Publicola:

    As someone who refers to RealClimate regularly for information with respect to combating climate science denial on the internet (mostly at Huffington Post and Salon.com) I too wish to congratulate Gavin Schmidt.

    Also thank you Gavin and the rest of you at RealClimate – your contributions are invaluable.

    (As are your contributions and thank you too, Eli Rabett. And also to Tamino, Tim Lambert, Deep Climate, John Cook and the others at Skeptical Science, and many others whose names escape me at the moment.)

  97. ked:

    (Long-time listener, first-time commenter here)

    I am a scientist/teacher, and admittedly less of the former and more of the latter as time whizzes by. I just want to say that Gavin and the Real Climate crew make me proud of science and proud to be a scientist, of any stripe. Congratulations and thank you.

  98. Ray Ladbury:

    Anand,
    One of the most important aspects in communicating any science to the public is maintaining a high level of signal to noise. I am afraid that many of your posts run toward the noise end of the spectrum. Gavin has been astoundingly tolerant of dissent, allowing personal attacks against his competence and even his honor. Most would have boreholed a much higher proportion of the denialist comments.

    Understand this. There are no two sides in this debate. It is science. There are scientists and there are pudknockers, and there are those of us who watch the show and try to learn. You would do well to decide which camp you want to be in. Hint: you can only choose between the latter two.

    Now pull the stick out and join me in congratulating Gavin on an exceedingly well deserved recognition.

  99. Radge Havers:

    Congrats! And thank you!

  100. Chris Colose:

    Congrats! Well-deserved!

  101. Susan Anderson:

    Yes, very much a shining light with infinite patience. Age cannot wither nor custom stale … and all that. Sorry, couldn’t resist, though I find the ref is Cleopatra – fun for us sillies (and with sufficient imagination, the others that cloy!). There are many kinds of charm, and Dr. Schmidt’s is of the finest, heavily woven with integrity.

    I sometimes wish silly types like Anand were treated with less consideration, but the consideration itself gives the lie to the assertion. Noone who actually follows these exchanges could honestly claim that prejudice trumps truth at RealClimate.

    I belong with those who study this material hoping its quality will rub off. Thanks!

  102. wayne davidson:

    Gavin is great! Unbelievably awesome for being almost always correct. I doubt he needs an award for continuing. But there should be an award for contrarians who turn to the reasoning side. Would be incredibly newsworthy and motivational for the remaining AGW skeptics. Celebrating a guy who is selfless is nice, finally getting some action done on AGW is the ultimate prize we all strive for.

  103. Peter Adamski:

    Congratulations Gavin. A well deserved award.

  104. Edward Greisch:

    I congratulate AGU for inventing the prize as well as Gavin for being the first winner. The prize announcement is a way to get into the news.

  105. Steve Brown:

    Congratulations and well done, Gavin! I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank you for helping me learn new things through your posts over the past few years.

  106. mrlee:

    AOL

  107. MS:

    My heartfelt congratualtions to Gavin and the rest of the Realclimate team.

    I have been wondering why I keep visiting this and other climate blogs like Open Mind, Sceptical Science, Arctic sea ice… (I could go on) almost every day.
    The easy answer is that I learn a lot every day, and that is fun, interesting and important.
    The more disturbing answer I have come to, is that I really enjoy visiting a place with sane, rationally thinking hosts and commenters.
    Thinking of climate change can be depressing. But knowing that so many people care and work hard on the science and communication of the results, almost can make you forget for a moment how little the politicians are doing and how little a lot of people care.
    So my thanks go to Gavin (a real superhero of science communication) and the rest of the heroes of this and other climate-blogs. You do a great job of gathering people to whom scientific arguments really matter and who contribute a lot in the comments.
    Only it is a little addictive…:-)

  108. Horatio Algeranon:

    Congrats Wyatt …erp Gavin

    As those above have all observed
    The badge of honor is well deserved
    The climate of Dodge was gettin’ mean
    Before you arrived upon the scene…

    As local sheriff, Wyatt Schmidt,
    Wasn’t going to idly sit
    While lies were spread about Science Dudes
    Poisoning public attitudes

    Wyatt set out to tame the border
    To restore the physical law and order
    So lacking with the Cowboy crowd
    Where bunk and slander are both allowed.

    In the end, he’ll win this fight
    For the science determines who is right
    Physical law is like a bullet
    You can’t dodge it, and you can’t fool it

  109. Geoff Wexler:

    Congratulations to Gavin and all the others.

    Excellent research news, excellent noise cancellation * and excellent green inline comments.

    I tend to agree with you Ike at #52 with one proviso that lack of action is partly caused by poor knowledge among scientists coming from other fields, as well as non scientists. It is probably better to separate the different areas, science, mitigation, politics and economics.

    Have you ever tried Ike, to contribute to e.g the Guardian above the line?
    ———————-
    * e.g. over the stolen Emails from the CRU when RC was streets ahead of the BBC and Guardian.

  110. Ruedi Harms:

    Congrats Gavin!
    When will we see you side by side in an Al Gore event?

  111. Maya:

    Outstanding! Congratulations, Dr. Schmidt!

  112. Phil Scadden:

    No one has done more for raising my level of awareness in this area. Congratulations.

  113. Rick Brown:

    What Phil Scadden said. And thank you.

  114. Andy:

    Whenever I have tried to post on RC (polite) comments that disagree with ideas put forward by Gavin and others I have had every single comment deleted by the moderators. However, when I have posted comments on sceptic sites that disagree with the sceptic author none of my comments have ever been deleted.

    I hope this award will allow you to reflect Gavin, and hopefully accept that truly effective communication always allows both sides of the debate to be heard at all times.

    [Response: Hmm. To the extent this is true (which I very much doubt), I suspect it has to do with very different understandings of what 'polite' means.--eric]

  115. Joe Cushley:

    Andy 114 – I don’t believe yoooouuuuu.

  116. Dan:

    Congratulations Gavin! Well deserved.

    As for comment #114: It figures that a “drive-by” denier shows up. What hateful rubbish. Skeptic sites routinely delete scientific facts that undermine their anti-science agenda. The list of such sites is quite long in fact. This is a site for science (note that means *peer-reviewed* science, as science has been done for hundreds of years).

    “Debate”? That has already been done. Through peer-reviewed journals and conferences. Try reading and understanding what the “scientific method” is. The science behind global warming research is extraordinarily strong. Every major professional climate science organization in the world (yes, in the world) agrees that the warming that has occurred since the 1970s can only be explained when the additional forcings from greenhouse gases are included.

  117. spyder:

    I would like to congratulate the AGU for choosing someone so well versed and informed as Gavin, for its first annual award. This speaks very (very) highly of both. Congrats to Gavin as well.

  118. Susan Anderson:

    Andy, 5:21 20th Oct:

    you appear to have missed the boat. Truth will out and the planet will vote last despite your desire, however guileless it might be, to escape reality. For example, you should check out the original exchange with Judith Curry, where Gavin Schmidt’s unflagging courtesy was met with accusations of persecution. Typical, and unfortunately dangerous.
    Not sure why you felt moved to rain on the parade, but those of us who try to think about the material find that serious questions and factual responses are often diverted by accusations of persecution. Nonsense.

    Algeranon, I “adore” that poem. (I think you might get the ref.)

  119. Ray Ladbury:

    Andy, maybe it has to do with the fact that you are a lying little weasel. (After all, Gavin has allowed comments that could be grounds for legal action. I rather doubt he would single out your silly little comments.)

    Or maybe it is that you don’t know what you are talking about. This is after all a site about climate education–how educational have your comments been.

    Again, pull the stick out and congratulate the man. He deserves it. You are here, after all, aren’t you.

    There are no two sides to this issue–unless you consider antiscience idiocy aide.

  120. Steve Eshbaugh:

    Andy,

    Have you really spent any time reading Real Climate? I am trying to launch a climate change branch of my organization and visit here often for ideas/thoughts/reflection. There are many, many dissenters voices on here, and most of them, like yours, are nothing but nonsense.

    Congrats to Dr. Schmidt for an honor well-deserved.

  121. Anand:

    Ray LadBury to Andy:

    You are here, after all, aren’t you.

    That works both ways. One hopes the AGU is not giving $25,000 just to communicate with an echo-chamber filled with Ray Ladbury clones.

  122. WVhybrid:

    Congratulations are due to you Gavin for his award and for everyone on this site for the superb work you have done for years. What has truly amazed me over the years is the good humor and patience that Gavin especially has shown to the many who comment.

    Congratulations Dr Schmidt. I really believe the award you deserve is an order of magnitude greater than the award you won!

  123. miffedmax:

    Thanks for breaking it down so even a borderline innumeraqte, sciencephobic artsy-fartsy person like me can understand. The award is much deserved and a reflection not only on the great work of Gavin, but all the team at RealClimate

  124. Marshall Chrostowski:

    Contratulations from a long -time admirer.

  125. Ammonite:

    Congratulations to Gavin, the RC team and all who contribute on behalf of scientific endeavour. This site performs an indispensible educational role and provides a healthy sanity break from the ‘CO2 is plant food, warming is good, nobody can predict the weather, technological innovation can cure anything’ crowd. Extremely well done!

  126. Septic Matthew:

    121, Anand: That works both ways. One hopes the AGU is not giving $25,000 just to communicate with an echo-chamber filled with Ray Ladbury clones.

    You don’t need to worry about that, in my opinion.

  127. Andy:

    “drive-by denier” “hateful rubbish” “guileless” “lying little weasel” “silly little comments” “antiscience idiocy” “nothing but nonsense”.
    Having made my previous comment (the first one that the mods have let through, which I thank them for), I went to bed for the night. I wake up this morning to read the thread once more, only to be greeted by the barrage of comments I have highlighted above. I could start returning insults, but that is not what I’m here for.

    I had merely asked Gavin to keep the doors of discussion open. The true scientific method insists that no science is ever ‘settled’, and therefore the debate will never be over (in any branch of science and with any theory). I am not currently convinced by the AGW position and nor are many scientists all around the world – it is every scientist’s right to take a view that is contrary to others, without meeting a wall of derision (I implore you not to use the word ‘denier’ – whilst it doesn’t particularly upset me, Jewish sceptic friends of mine find it extremely offensive, for reasons that are hopefully obvious)

    Now the mods have let one of my comments through, I hope they will allow more of my comments through on other threads here at RC. I look forward to having meaningful, constructive, and polite discussions with other visitors to this site.

    Regards,

    Andy

  128. Dr Tom Corby:

    Congratulations Gavin,
    on a personal level you’ve really helped me understand some of the science of climate change and have made a great contribution to public understanding in the round.

  129. Philip Machanick:

    Great work, and well-deserved recognition.

    Those who don’t do science have little appreciation of how hard it is not only to find the time to do this kind of blogging, but to take hard science topics and distil them without dumbing down for a general audience.

    Meanwhile the BBC is reporting a project over at Berkeley (BEST) that reads to me as a failed attempt at taking down CRU. While the results look good (a re-interpretation of the data, and a check that factors like substandard weather stations and UHI haven’t biased the trend), the rhetoric is very much along the lines of CRU was wrong to hide data etc. when in fact what they have done is verify that CRU’s results hold up to independent investigation using freely available data. So nothing significant hidden. Nothing to see here. And the BBC is reporting this though they haven’t published the work yet. I wonder if this stuff will even be publishable if it’s essentially just reproducing results that have already been produced at least 3 different ways.

    There was some discussion of BEST in comments here a while back. Seems it has at least not muddied the waters as much as it could have. It’s amusing though that a project whose leader extols the virtues of Watts and McIntyre has ended up confirming the mainstream. That they have funding from the Koch Foundation makes it all the more interesting that they have only been able to confirm the mainstream so far. Of course the point of all this is to stall policy, not to improve the science. Prove me wrong a publish a good paper: it shouldn’t be hard with a team of 10 scientists and over $600k in funding.

    Just a small indication of why it’s so important for Gavin et al. to keep going.

    [Response: Thanks. We will have a post up soon on the latest BEST news.--eric]

  130. Ray Ladbury:

    Anand and Andy, Who ever said “the science is settled”? That doesn’t even mean anything in science. Science is about evidence. There are mountains of evidence–literal and figurative–supporting the consensus theory of Earth’s climate–of which anthropogenic global warming is a prediction. And on the anti-science, denialist side, we have… well, bupkis. You guys can’t even manage a pair of deuces. Hell, I’d love for you guys to get into the game–it would at least force you to look at the fricking evidence.

    Your contention that dissent is not allowed here is on its face absurd. That you would come on here and levy such a charge on a thread devoted to congratulating your host on a well deserved honor merely illustrates the lack of substance and integrity characteristic of the anti-science side.

  131. MMM:

    “truly effective communication always allows both sides of the debate to be heard at all times. ”

    Wrong on several counts. First, the reference to “both sides of the debate”. There are a multitude of views and opinions on the science – at least one per scientist working in the field – of course, 98% of those views happen to cluster near where the RealClimate authors lie, and 2% are off at the WUWT end of the pool. Second: “heard at all times”? Really? When we discuss the pros and cons of sending a manned mission back to the Moon, does it really improve communication to allow Moon-landing deniers to contribute to the conversation? When we discuss how the structure of the active site of a membrane protein reflects evolution, is it useful to let creationists fill the discussion space? Sometimes, yes, there is value to directly engaging even the craziest people. But most of the time, if you want to communicate with the broad 90% of the population, including comments from the 1% that makes up the very vocal contrarian community doesn’t add to effective communication, it just adds to noise…

    Congratulations again to RealClimate for doing a great job…

  132. Kevin McKinney:

    “(I implore you not to use the word ‘denier’ – whilst it doesn’t particularly upset me, Jewish sceptic friends of mine find it extremely offensive, for reasons that are hopefully obvious). . .”

    Sorry, no such change is forthcoming; it’s been debated here previously, and in any case the term is far too well-established generally for any edict RC might put forth to have much effect.

    I sincerely regret any mental distress your friends may suffer, but “denial” is an accurate term to describe the psychological state in which objective evidence is rationalized away. It has been applied in many, many other fields than in regard to the Holocaust–for example, personal grief (cf., Kubler-Ross), the health effects of tobacco, and ozone depletion.

    My late mother certainly exemplified denial in reference to the dangers of smoking–push her hard enough with logical argument or question and you’d hit a layer of solid-gold nonsense–utterly incoherent emotional responses that completely defied reason. And it’s quite possible (though unprovable) that smoking had something to do with her encounter with cancer, or the more diffuse (though intensely distressing) health challenges that degraded the quality of the last years of her life. (So you see, I too, have some strong personal feelings around the issue of denialism and the dangers it can pose.)

    Perhaps it might afford your friends some psychological comfort to recognize that the terms “denial,” “denier” and “denialism” do apply more widely than just to the travesty that is Holocaust denial–it would let them feel that the term is not so pointedly ironic as they seem to be taking it to be. Perhaps they might even consider that it’s a phenomenon that is both insidious and potentially lethal.

  133. Kevin McKinney:

    “truly effective communication always allows both sides of the debate to be heard at all times. ”

    Truly effective communication generally avoids “debate.” (“Discussion” is much more effective.)

    I should know; I used to be a competitive debater. Any good debater knows that on the negative side, you can always make a case that a given argument is either a) ineffectual; or b) off-topic. The whole mindset of “debate” is not about truth; it’s about winning. It’s quite evident that that is the mindset of most deniers.

    For instance, a recent comment on a study examining the idea that global warming is causing many species to exhibit decreasing body size argued that only 30 years of warming were really anthropogenic. But the paper isn’t about anthropogenic warming–why should organisms respond differently to specifically anthropogenic warming, after all? And it’s widely agreed that warming basically spans the last century, though causation is another question.

    But of course in the commenter’s mind the only point of such a study could be to support “the team’s” “side” in the “debate.” They couldn’t just be curious, could they? Who does that? Another commenter on the same thread even made it more explicit in a way by referring to the paper’s authors as “social engineers,” a comment that only makes sense given the denialist assumption–should I say, “prejudice?”–that everything must be about “the debate.”

  134. Horatio Algeranon:

    @118
    Susan, there’s actually more to that poem and also a photo of Wyatt …erp Gavin taken at the O Curry Corral (after the fire burned it down)

  135. Andy:

    Ray,
    You ask, “who said the science is settled?”
    The following people claimed it is:

    The EPA’s Lisa Jackson:
    http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2010/02/23/23greenwire-epa-chief-goes-toe-to-toe-with-senate-gop-over-72892.html

    Al Gore:
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9047642

    The Sierra Club:
    http://connect.sierraclub.org/post/ClimateCrossroadsBlog/global_warming_the_science_is_clear.html?cons_id=&ts=1267051356&signature=1b072de3b1ef93cb92fc0963360219e4

    You also say (before you start to use words like ‘fricking’, ‘denialist’ and ‘bupkis’):
    “Science is about evidence. There are mountains of evidence–literal and figurative–supporting the consensus theory of Earth’s climate–of which anthropogenic global warming is a prediction.”

    Whilst no sceptic says Earth’s climate hasn’t changed (it’s always in a constant state of chaotic flux), we sceptics refuse to accept science being ruled by ‘consensus’. AGW predictions have also been failing to materialise – Hansen’s iconic A,B, and C scenarios being a rather important example of failed predictions:
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_gRuPC7OQdxc/SpEt9P03feI/AAAAAAAAAF0/UmntSToImr0/s1600-h/hansen-exaggeration-2.png

    As an aside, I would also like to congratulate Gavin on his award. Gavin, will you be keeping the monetary prize, or donating it to charity? If you are donating it, then kudos to you.

  136. Andy:

    As I don’t want this thread to be turned away from its main aim of congratulating Gavin, and instead become a ‘face-off’ between myself and others here, I will respectfully withdraw from the thread.

    Many thanks to Gavin and the mods for allowing me to get involved with RC

    (Kevin, your comment at no. 132 made a good point about the benefits of the curiosity of scientists. I agree that science should always be driven by curiosity and we must not assume that studies are carried out to support ‘the team’ – such an assumption is a trap that some sceptics can easily fall into)

  137. chris:

    Have to add my congratulations to Gavin – much deserved!

  138. lucien:

    Gavin,
    Just tell me where to send a far more tangible award….(the sense of taste alone)…my killer black bean and avocado salsa, known to make grown men weep and nuns give up their vows. There will be enough for all the RC clan as well. All well and good to receive such a prestigious award, as noted by the previous 132 commentators (and counting) but can you eat it? I dread the lecture I will probably get from you on the obscene CO2 footprint same day delivery will cost the environment, I will curtail the equivalent cost in daily activities, which seems to me like a good way for all of us to atone for our transgressions. Congratulations to one and all.

  139. t_p_hamilton:

    Andy said:”Ray,
    You ask, “who said the science is settled?”
    The following people claimed it is:”

    You should read the article written by the AGU award winner on this, called Unsettled Science. It would be the courteous thing to do, and then you could understand what is meant by “settled” or “unsettled”.

    [Response: Here. - gavin]

  140. Ken W:

    Andy, giving you the benefit of the doubt (i.e. assuming you actually attempted to post polite comments that didn’t see the light of day), what makes you think Gavin hand-picked your comments to filter? Any long-time reader of this site has seen many, many dissenting views. So I can only think of 2 possible explanations:
    1) You don’t understand the definition of “polite”
    2) The problem is technical (e.g. your browser settings, this web-sites security measures, your ISP, etc, etc.) Any of a number of technical issues could result in what you type never making it to Gavin’s eyes. So your initial accusation was unfounded unless you have evidence that Gavin saw and rejected your comments because they disagree with him.

    Congratulations Gavin. Your work has long been appreciated by many readers. It’s nice to see you get the additional kudo’s.

  141. SecularAnimist:

    Congratulations to Gavin, and my gratitude to Gavin and the rest of the RC team for their scientific work and for their additional hard work in maintaining this excellent and valuable site.

    In their honor I will stifle my urge to respond with appropriate derision and contempt to the tiresome and vapid denialist talking points with which “Andy” has been spamming this thread. His comments do, I suppose, provide a very pointed demonstration of just why RealClimate is so important.

  142. Septic Matthew:

    114, Andy

    Please. In this thread let us be happy that our host (in his role as team leader of hosts!) has won an award recognizing the work. You can learn a lot by reading here regularly, it takes work for the team to prepare all that good stuff and moderate the discussion, and the award recognizes the work and the presentation of science.

    (Steps down off soapbox, takes oath of silence.)

  143. Ray Ladbury:

    Andy,
    Oh ferchrissake, grow up. This wouldn’t be “a face-off” between you and others if you stayed, either. And if you stayed, it’s at least conceivable you might learn something.

    For instance, you might actually learn what scientists mean by “scientific consensus”. It is not a “vote”. Rather, at some point, the evidence for a proposition, technique, idea, etc. becomes so strong that rejecting it actually hurts your ability to understand your object of study. At this point, reject the useful idea, lose influence because they can no longer publish useful papers that advance understanding (viz. Lindzen or Spencer). Meanwhile the majority see the utility of the idea advance the science around the laggards. At the point where it is simply silly to reject the idea–that is where you have scientific consensus on it.

    Some might also say that aspect of the science is settled at that point, although I would use the term “established” as I think it is more descriptive.

    Look, Andy, there is no “theory” of anthropogenic climate change. Rather, it is a prediction of the current consensus theory of Earth’s climate. The warming is evidence for the theory, not the theory itself. All of the evidence–and I do mean all of it–points to greenhouse gasses being responsible for that warming.

    Your argument is not with the scientists, it is with the evidence… good luck with that.

  144. Steven Franzen:

    @Andy 135,

    And here I was thinking that science was ruled by a desire to further our knowledge about the universe. Or was the consensus jab just another straw man? Real skepticism is actually desirable in science, not the skepticism that is doublespeak for denial. One must question evidence that confirms one’s expectations with as much, or perhaps even more rigour than evidence to the contrary.

    To Gavin and all of the RC crew, congratulations from an avid but silent reader for this recognition of your unrelenting hard work. Ironically though, even this thread shows that you are not done yet ;).

  145. bill mckibben:

    This is well-deserved. RC is a model for communicating difficult material clearly and patiently. It also manages to communicate what I guess you could all a scientific worldview–a strong glimpse into the way scientists think, collaborate, contend. Thanks so much for the hard work it clearly requires

  146. Martin Vermeer:

    [edit - OT - please let it go]

  147. Ed Beroset:


    Climate scientist Gavin Schmidt,
    With his patience, knowledge and wit,
    Was awarded a prize,
    For countering lies,
    And not stinking while rolling in... comments.

    Seriously, congratulations for a well deserved recognition! Especially whenever some sensationalized climate story gets published, RealClimate has become my go-to source for intelligible, credible and knowledgeable explanations on the complex and fascinating world of climate science.

  148. Susan Anderson:

    Personally, I’d love to see lots of Ray Ladbury “clones” (well, not exactly, but people with his quality, understanding, and verve). He does sterling work, posts factual information, if with a bit of verbal bite, and calls out nonsense (including at least one of mine, which was helpful as I sometimes go over the line and get things wrong – speaking of which, it would be helpful if some “skeptics” occasionally admitted they were sometimes wrong).

    As to deniers, personally I prefer the label fake skeptic, because it points up the wrongness of calling people who cheerlead the side of misleading information that promotes short-term interests at the expense of their own futures and diss any information that comes from the “side” that continues to investigate the facts about our finite home. True skeptics are more open minded. However, denial has a definition in the dictionary, and I’d bet that most Jewish climate scientists have no trouble with the association, which is, after all, artificial. For example, consider the Bible, which was not originally written in English despite the claims of some fundamentalists. Or the impressionists, who embraced the supposedly insulting label they were given.

    Thanks Horatio Algeranon. I think humor is one of the best ways to deflect all this mishigass and your poems are both literate and amusing.

  149. Susan Anderson:

    How Dr. Schmidt spends his award is none of our business, and the suggestion that he should donate it to charity is out of line, whether or not he does so. He is already involved in the charitable work of trying to improve our future by spending countless hours promoting honest information in the face of considerable nastiness. We are all in danger, and he is on the front lines with patience and compassion trying to get people to think about honest information. I don’t think he got a whole lot of sleep during the days after the CRU theft and promotional efforts to show that snippets of personal comments made by humans with real lives and feelings taken out of context constituted a body of evidence that denied (that word again) reality. He was too busy sifting through thousands of comments and providing careful answers to some of the more egregious, looking at what really happened, and no doubt restoring his site after it too was hacked.

    Consider executive bonuses, for example. I’d guess those of you claiming Dr. Schmidt should spend this “huge” windfall according to your preferences are not out there being outraged about the misspent millions given to our looting classes. (well, no doubt out of line here and too political, but the amounts are staggering and our home health aides and others in the workforce work a lot harder for a lot less.)

    Fake skeptics, what would you do if your every private word and action was subjected to this kind of scrutiny?

  150. Lynn Vincentnathan:

    Well deserved award. Congrats, Gavin.

    Before RealClimate.org I pretty much thought science & scientists could be bought by the powers and money that be. I had done my thesis on Environmental Victimology, and had noted many many cases of such re toxic pollution, and then noted how the U.S. media treated AGW — mostly the “silent treatment” except for a Nightline program in 1995 (the year the 1st AGW studies reached .05 on the null), “Is Science for Sale,” featuring Singer, Michaels, etc (not as sell outs but as credible climate scientists saying AGW was not happening). It was sponsored by Texaco. I wrote to Koppel saying that whether or not science was for sale (and I thought it was), the media sure were.

    So RealClimate.org has restored my faith in humankind. Tho I still point out the difference between scientists seeking to avoid the FALSE POSITIVE (of making untrue claims) and environmentalists (& others concerned about life on earth) seeking to avoid the FALSE NEGATIVE of failing to address problems that could end most if not all life on earth. Nevertheless, my respect for scientists, esp those beseiged by denialists yet still standing firm, has grown and grown over the years & is quite high.

    RE @28 Balazs, you should understand that the main impetus that got me into mitigating in my small ways 21 years ago (down to a 50% reduction in our GHGs from our 1990 levels) was the impact of AGW on contributing to severe droughts and famines in Africa. Since then I learned of many many ways in which AGW is and will be harming food productivity and causing famine and death.

    So, since mitigation saves $thousands, why not use some of that money to feed the poor (as long as food productivety around the world has not severely severely declined, which it will by 2050, due to AGW)?

  151. Deech56:

    Gavin, congratulations, and thank you. Your public outreach provides an example to all, thanks to your hard work, patience, clarity of message and wit. And all of this while doing pretty well with your day job.

  152. kevin McKinney:

    “. . . it would be helpful if some “skeptics” occasionally admitted they were sometimes wrong. . .”

    Though if they could, they would probably graduate to *genuine* skepticism from the fake variety, and we’d have to lose the quotation marks (in their case.)

  153. Chris R:

    Dr Schmidt,

    An unreserved congratulations. Thank you for all the work you do.

    Christian Ryan.

  154. Boris:

    “Of course we’re a bit biased here at RealClimate”

    I expect a Marc Morano email will be sent with this quote highlighted.

    Congrats, Gavin.

  155. Philip Machanick:

    On “hearing both sides”: why don’t people insist we have a pro-cancer position whenever cancer is discussed? Why is the markets report in the TV news not followed by a Trotskyite rebuttal? Summarising pro and anti capital punishment arguments after a debate, the moderator said, the truth is no doubt somewhere between. Make sense of that if you will.

  156. CJM:

    A heartfelt congratulations and a word of appreciation. We all need heroes, You are certainly one of mine. Thank You

  157. chek:

    Congratulations, Gavin. You provide and maintain a major contribution to a valuable service that we would all be the poorer without.

  158. John E. Pearson:

    Congratulations Gavin!

  159. Peter Backes:

    Congrats Gavin. You are a true hero to those of us that care about the truth and the future.

  160. Guy Walton:

    A very well deserved congratulations! Thanks Gavin for your valuable insight.

  161. John Lopresti:

    I am not sure how much of what I have liked at RealClimate has been
    directly and solely of Gavin’s provenance over the past 6+ years. I
    have appreciated the new archive organization so prior posts can serve
    as a reference library of sorts, as climate science morphs dynamically
    in these times.

    I have appreciated Gavin’s specific glosses debunking commenters who
    sought to promulgate specious mathematics and statistical methods.

    The posts I enjoy most are those which gather inputs from many
    scientists, as, often, the multiplicity of concurrent experiments
    makes conversations over the latest report nearly as valuable as the
    new report itself, and further experimental concepts can grow from
    these conversations.

    I would like to add a note of recognition to an occasional poster
    here, Dr. Hansen; who, if newspapers are accurate, is engaged in
    public political personal “action”.

    Several of the prominent writers on RealClimate themselves have
    websites and have produced papers which are essential reading to
    understand our options, and our condition.

    My time is at a premium these days, and I have missed many articles at
    RealClimate, I am certain. Yet, I would like to suggest a topic for a
    post, if it has not been covered specifically: namely, a review of
    the performance and lifetimes of anticipated functionality of space
    platforms and other technology based instrumentation which serves as
    infrastructure providing sources for data.

    So, congratulations to G.Schmidt, and to the RC Group. I only wish
    much more of the technical literature were as available for free
    online, and as well organized and closely, expertly moderated as RC.

  162. Mark Vaughan:

    congratulations to Gavin Schmidt for this a very well deserved recognition of his stellar accomplishments as a science communicator.

  163. E.L.:

    I”m a little late on the comment, but congratulations Galvin. I admire your persistence and patience.

  164. bibasir:

    I want to add my congratulations to Gavin and the whole group at RealClimate. I am a retired engineer, and I have been reading the articles and comments for about 3 years. I feel that I have been well educated on the subject. I particularly appreciate the patience that Gavin shows when answering the trolls that comment. I may skip some of the comments, but I always read the posts from Gavin and others.

  165. o:

    Belated congratulations. Like the Fields Medal

    … while it was in recognition of work already done, it was at the same time intended to be an encouragement for further achievement on the part of the recipients and a stimulus to renewed effort on the part of others.

  166. Tom Smerling:

    Congrats. We are all indebted to Gavin, and the others at RC, for the work you’ve done. You’ve been real models for the rest of us wrestling with how to communicate effectively about climate change.

    FYI At http://www.ClimateBites.org we just posted a blog on Gavin’s marvelous juggling segment from NOVA “Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers” segment, with mention of the award and a link back to this page at RC.

    Hope to cross paths in SF at the award ceremony.

    P.S. If you see fit to add ClimateBites to your sidebar list of related sites, we’d be honored!

  167. Frances. Plumber:

    great job Gavin….. To your future success here at real climate. Thanks for the detailed information