People send me stuff.
Today, just over two months away from the end of summer, when NASA’s Jay Zwally famously predicted (with an assist from AP’s Seth Borenstein): “…the Arctic Ocean could be nearly ice-free at the end of summer by 2012″ and we are nowhere near that becoming true, I get sent a contest being solicited by the people who run “Vision Prize” in San Francisco. I had to chuckle at this.
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: When will the Arctic Sea become free of summer
Dear Climate Scientist,
You have probably already seen the cover story of last month’s Economist on the Arctic: The vanishing north. The Vision Prize [online poll of climate scientists](http://visionprize.com/) is currently asking this related question:
**When (if ever) will the Arctic Sea become completely free of summer floating ice?**
Please [Sign Up](http://visionprize.com/users/new) now to submit your prediction and join [more than 200 of your colleagues](http://visionprize.com/participants#expertise) participating in this new climate risk communication project. Participation is free and takes just a few minutes. Thanks in advance for your support.
Vision Prize is affiliated with researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment, and is strictly nonpartisan.
Vision Prize | Box 7775 #20915 | San Francisco CA USA | 94120
The bottom of the original email allows the recipient to forward to a friend, so by doing so they make this a contest open to everyone.Lest some of our vocal detractors cry “foul” I’ll point out this entry in their “roster of experts“:
Skepticalscience.com; (Australia); Licensed professional engineer – commercial; Mechanical Engineering; Industry – Other;
Tetra Tech, Inc.; (United States); Other scientific or technical – commercial; Environmental Science, Physics; Industry – Environmental Services; climate science
Apparently, they’ll take anonymous predictions too:
University of Washington; (United States); Graduate student; climate variability and change; Academia – Earth Sciences; atmospheric science
They want predictions, so let’s give them some, signup here:
Please [Sign Up](http://visionprize.com/users/new) now to submit your prediction
I signed up, and the confirmation email to activate my account went immediately to SPAM, so you may have to fish it out of your own account.
Even though they’ll let members of a blog that revises history on a regular basis and treats professional scientists with unprofessional attacks and anonymous grad students in, apparently, they don’t just let anybody in. Only the anointed perhaps? This is what I got:
They are heavily weighted with UW and other faculty, according to their online live profile:
It will be interesting to see if they are biased or open and whether I get to join the “players”.
I urge WUWT readers to sign up and report your acceptances or rejections below.