Congratulations to Dr. Gavin Schmidt

While we are polar opposites, and Dr. Schmidt can’t find it within himself to respond to any of my emails or to allow my comments and many others to appear on RealClimate, let me offer congratulations anyway.

Dr. Gavin Schmidt Photo credit: Bruce Gilbert

New Award from the American Geophysical Union Recognizes Excellence in Climate Communications

AGU Release No. 11–34 18 October 2011

WASHINGTON, DC — 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.

The award, which was established by AGU earlier this year, recognizes excellence in climate communication as well as the promotion of scientific literacy, clarity of messaging, and efforts to foster respect and understanding for science-based values related to climate change.

“AGU created this award to raise the visibility of climate change as a critical issue facing the world today, to demonstrate our support for scientists who commit themselves to the effective communication of climate change science, and to encourage more scientists to engage with the public and policy makers on how climate research can contribute to the sustainability of our planet,” said AGU president Michael McPhaden. “That’s why we are so pleased to recognize Gavin for his dedicated leadership and outstanding scientific achievements. We hope that his work will serve as an inspiration for others.”

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.

h/t to Dr. Leif Svalgaard

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Rick

So a researcher pushing his own agenda is getting an award designed to reward people for pushing their agendas. I hope he won’t be taking that $25,000, though, profiting from “Big Mineral”. Those companies destroy mother earth, ripping rocks and fossils and causing scars in order to make a profit.

glacierman

More a reward that an award.

🙂

John-X

Wow. James Hansen peed on the award (“climate scientists are poor communicators”) before Gavin even got it.

pokerguy

That’s it Anthony. Kill ’em with kindness. I like your style.

Tom Gray

[sigh]

Theo Goodwin

“The award, which was established by AGU earlier this year, recognizes excellence in climate communication as well as the promotion of scientific literacy, clarity of messaging, and efforts to foster respect and understanding for science-based values related to climate change.”
“Respect and understanding for science-based values?”
There is not one Warmista who understands scientific method or who, however inadvertently, practices it. There is not one of them who has attempted to explicate the relationship between computer models and actual data. Everything they say about the relationship is hand waving. Consequently, empiricism and a respect for experience are not among their science-based values. Thus, this award is perfect for Gavin Schmidt.

Jimmy Haigh

Hmm? I can’t remember anything that he’s communicated to me.
I remember his lamentable performance against Professors Stott and Lindzen and Michael Crichton on the “I Squared” dabate a few years ago. But Gavin isn’t very tall…

Stacey

What can I say. Our Gav’s done good but I didn’t think that censorship has any part to play in science communication or any form of communication for that matter.
I am sure our Gav will pass the prize money to the taxpayer who funds his work?

Taphonomic

Makes me sad to be a member of of AGU, when they can equate the censorial nature of one of the founders of RealClimate with “Excellence in Climate Communications”

Hugh Pepper

Good on you, Anthony, to note this citation.

The cabal is incestuous.

“Excellence in Climate Communications”?
Is this a euphemism for the Joseph Goebbels award for Excellence in Heavily Censored, Purely Political Climate Propaganda?
Shameful!
Yes, I too have been completely censored at RealClimate (for the thought crime of presenting directly cited and directly linked to peer reviewed science which is judged to be “inconvenient” to Gavin’s purely political agenda).

MangoChutney

comment #21 on the RC website is a gem 😉

OregonPerspective

Schmidt has indeed done a good job. In presenting data, current analysis, and the impact of politics related to climate science. A YouTube search w his name produces lots of good examples. Thanks for noting his award.

juanslayton

we have a collective responsibility to share the expertise we have…
How about we share our data and and processing algorithms as well?

Ralph Woods

Congrats on the annual AGW propaganda mouthpiece award! Best wishes for the future. I’m posting this here because you wont…

OregonPerspective

A good example of Schmidt’s contribution:
YouTube: Gavin Schmidt talks about the politics of climate change.

B.Klein

As “climate” is not an identifiable event that can be measured in the labratory or even in the field, there are no instruments that can measure “climate” one wonders How you really “study climate” .Lets start by realing defining “climate” it is a average patern at on location.
Definitions of the Climate Discussion
What is Climate?
Definition:A few hundred thousand weather days end to end for a specific location. ( an average pattern)
How many climates are there in the world?
Every part of the country and the world has a unique climate -the south of France, the North slope of Alaska, the heart of Africa, the northeast Great Lakes region of the US ,the north of Italy, the south of Italy,thousands of different climates etc.
What is weather?
The atmospheric conditions where you are.
Can mankind control the weather?
We have tried for thousands of years from the Indian rainmaker, to the cloud seeders of the 1950-60. Man can not control the weather, then how the hell can man be controlling the climate. This whole B.S of MANN-made global warming is a fairy tale. The MANNipulation of temperature data is a crime against humanity and these criminals should be put in jail.
Be careful of the Pied Pipers of Gorezillaism- remember Hamlin- except it is happening to ignorant supposed adults.
Climatologists”- are temperature historians. If they chose to project into the future they have gone from historians to Flat Screen fortune tellers. “computer generated Models” “garbage in is garbage out”

DavidG

Anthony, I don’t see any point of congratulating this #$%$^! I’m suire your readers will point out the error of giving him credit for absolutely nothing.

Doug in Seattle

Have to admit that “clarity of messaging” is appropriate. Gavin has very much been “on message” since he started RC.

Congratulations to Dr. Schmidt, whose efforts have won him a well-deserved place among award-winning climate communicators like Rajendra Pachauri and Al Gore. Is there a Nobel Peace Prize in Gavin’s future?

TomT

Huum An award for being good at communicating a lie.

So Gavin ‘the non Superbowl watching International Man of Mystery’ has been given an award for ‘Excellence in Climate Communications’?
http://climateaudit.org/2009/02/04/gavins-mystery-man-revealed/
http://climateaudit.org/2009/02/03/gavins-mystery-man/#comment-174754
Maybe that’s why Mike has taken a sabbatical? He’s pissed off that Gav is getting all the limelight and reward for what he no doubt thinks is all his (Mike’s) hard work.

CRS, Dr.P.H.

It’s very professional of you to offer your congratulations, Anthony! Somehow, I don’t think that the obverse would be true for your accomplishments.

So a group promoting AGW gives an award for best AGW propagandist of the year.
Shouldn’t this award be coming from Greenpeace or NRDC?
Is it called the ‘Goebbels Award’?

Rob

@MangoChutney
:’D
We can’t judge them too harshly for deleting comments – there’s more at stake than free debate and scientific dispassion!

“Congratulations to Dr. Schmidt, whose efforts have won him a well-deserved place among award-winning climate communicators like Rajendra Pachauri and Al Gore.”
http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2011/10/a-well-deserved-honor/#comment-217078
Yes, indeed! Let’s recall one of Rajendra’s finer communiques (on ice water):
http://sbvor.blogspot.com/2009/11/comrades-give-up-your-decadent-ice.html
Al Gore? Is any commentary required?

B.Klein

Another definition: “Climatologist” : A temperature and weather historian. If one projects to future events then they are “fortune teller” Weathermen do a somewhat better job of predicting the future- 30 to 60 % correct.

CinbadtheSailor

When Dr Schmidt was communicating especially when he was on RealClimate.org, was his time being paid by NASA?

Severian

Well, Anthony, you’re a better man than I am.

Russ R.

To Gavin Schmidt’s credit, on the handful of occassions that I’ve interacted with him via the comment section on RealClimate, I’ve found him to be courteous, knowledgeable, and to my surprise, willing to acknowledge areas of uncertainty. Even though I don’t much agree with his views, I do respect him. Your mileage may vary.
As for the moderation policy at RC, well… that’s a different story.

It’s the consolation prize from his henchmen for not even being runner up in the Bloggies.

Mycroft

Shame he has not got it in himself to communicate with sceptics and feels the need to censor the debate and posts on R.C.Why you are congratulating Anthony? i do not know? he has not got the decency to reply to your e mails. An arrogant self centred, self interested man,
“as for science based values”????he’s forgotten the meaning!

mpaul

Its troubling when these kinds of organizations put money into the pockets of public officials as a reward for that public official saying things that promote the fund raising agenda of the sponsoring organization. I think public officials should be explicitly barred from receiving these sorts of monetary inducements.

TomT

Well Anthony I guess that one reason WUWT is such a successful blog is because of your graceful nature. That’s also one reason I ‘ll never have a blog as successful.

Mycroft

sorry,,,,, should read why are you congratulating “him” Anthony

Fred from Canuckistan

He best enjoy his limelight while he has it because the scam is imploding quickly now and his reputation will be so much “hot air”.
Quite a legacy he will leave.

Alan Clark of Dirty Oil-berta

Anthony, please… the moderators have been very clear about this… SARC/
Then everyone is clear.

Jeff D

Could there be a genetic link for global warming? The pictures of Gavin is strikingly similar to Mann. With this data we can also conclude there is a robust link to testosterone as visually represented in the hairline. The increase in testosterone has been shown to make the human body warmer. This increase in warmth not CO2 is the direct cause of CAGW.
// silly off //
Congrats on the award hope he spends the cash on something nice like beach house in the Maldives.

G. Karst

Personally, I like Gavin Schmidt. I do not like his ideological approach to science. Propaganda is a means to an end. It is communication but is NOT science. So as long as it is a “communication/propaganda” award, I am happy for him. Congrats. GK

John Middle

[SNIP: sorry, but that really is a step too far in the wrong direction. -REP]

Honest ABE

Sorry, but I think he is a propagandist and slime.
There is no point in congratulating someone for acting like that.

Bob Kutz

Anthony, your grace knows no bound.
I respectfully disagree in this case. It’s a bit like congratulation someone on receiving the Joseph Goebbels award for public speaking, or the John M. Browning humanitarian award.
Perhaps I am a bit embittered to watch a public servant operate a personal website pushing a political agenda be rewarded in such a manner. If he was a cop, he couldn’t accept the cash. As a ‘scientist’ it is apparently okay to be rewarded for activism.
At some point reality has to come crashing into these people. I hope I live long enough to see it, and I hope they live long enough to realize the damage they’ve caused.

A. Opinion

What an odd award. Are there similar awards in other fields of science? This award seems to be designed specifically to promote the alarmist view of global warming. They still think talking more loudly is a substitute for proof. With that in mind, Schmidt certainly deserves the award.

ldd

Seems to be a UN kind of trend, awarding on expected future behaviour.

Alastair

Anyone got any idea how this award came to be awarded to Dr Schmidt? Usually there is a nomination-seconding type system…..is this the case for this award, and if so can we find out who nominated him?

Something strangely Orwellian going on here today…

timc

“AGU created this award to raise the visibility of climate change as a critical issue facing the world today, to demonstrate our support for scientists who commit themselves to the effective communication of climate change science, and to encourage more scientists to engage with the public and policy makers on how climate research can contribute to the sustainability of our planet,”
Don’t the shrinks call this positive re-enforcement ? It is a shame that science comes in second.

Willis Eschenbach

Dang, you’re a devious barstid, Anthony, I love it.
w.