Once more unto the breach!
Fall AGU this year will be (as last year)
…the largest Earth Science conference on the planet, and is where you will get previews of new science results, get a sense of what other experts think about current topics, and indulge in the more social side of being a scientist.
The landscape for science blogging, the public discourse on climate and our own roles in the scientific community have all changed radically over the last 10 years. Blogging is no longer something that stands apart from professional communications, the mainstream media or new online start-ups. The diversity of voices online has also increased widely: scientists blogging and interacting directly with the public via Twitter and Facebook are much more prevalent than in 2004. The conversations have also changed, and (for the most part) have become more nuanced. And a bunch of early career researchers with enthusiasm, time to spare and things to say, have morphed into institute directors and administrators with lots of new pressures. Obviously, blogging frequency has decreased in the last year or so in response to these pressures and this raises the question: where does RealClimate go now?
In the spring of 2004, when we (individually) first started talking to people about starting a blog on climate science, almost everyone thought it was a great idea, but very few thought it was something they should get involved in. Today, scientists communicating on social media is far more commonplace. On the occasion of our 10 year anniversary today it is worth reflecting on the impact of those changes, what we’ve learned and where we go next.
Start date: 10 December 2004
Number of posts: 914
Number of comments: ~172,000
Number of comments with inline responses: 14,277
Minimum number of total unique page visits, and unique views, respectively: 19 Million, 35 Million
Number of guest posts: 100+
Number of mentions in newspaper sources indexed by LexisNexis: 225
Minimum number of contributors and guest authors: 105
Minimum number of times RealClimate was hacked: 2
Busiest month: December 2009
Busiest day of the week: Monday
Number of times the IPCC and the NIPCC are mentioned, respectively: 357, 5
Minimum number of Science papers arising from a blog post here: 1
Minimum number of RealClimate mentions in Web Of Science references: 14
Minimum number of RealClimate mentions in theses indexed by ProQuest: 33
Posts highest ranked by Google by year:
All numbers are estimates from latest available data, but no warranty is implied or provided so all use of these numbers is at your own risk.
The “World Climate Widget” from Tony Watts’ blog is probably the most popular deceptive image among climate “skeptics”. We’ll take it under the microscope and show what it would look like when done properly.
So called “climate skeptics” deploy an arsenal of misleading graphics, with which the human influence on the climate can be down played (here are two other examples deconstructed at Realclimate). The image below is especially widespread. It is displayed on many “climate skeptic” websites and is regularly updated.
The “World Climate Widget” of US “climate skeptic” Anthony Watts with our explanations added. The original can be found on Watts’ blog
What would a more honest display of temperature, CO2 and sunspots look like? More »
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