Gavin Schmidt is the new James Hansen

NASAs Gavin Schmidt

NASA’s Dr. Gavin Schmidt in front of the famous Seinfeld restaurant “Monk’s” at 2880 Broadway, New York City. Photo: Christy Field, The Guardian

NASA Names Schmidt Director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, gets honorary lunch ticket to Tom’s Restaurant.

NASA has named Gavin A. Schmidt to head the agency’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York, a leading Earth climate research laboratory. Currently deputy director of the institute, Schmidt steps into the position left vacant after the retirement of long-time director James E. Hansen and becomes only the third person to hold the post.

“Gavin is a highly respected climate scientist who already also has proven himself as a terrific leader of the GISS team,” said NASA’s Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan. “He is the perfect candidate to continue leading this vital research institute at a critical time for the U.S. and the world.”

Schmidt, an expert in climate modeling, began his career at GISS in 1996. His primary area of research is the simulation of past, present and future climates. He has worked on developing and improving computer models that integrate ocean, atmosphere, and land processes to simulate Earth’s climate, and is particularly interested in how their results can be compared to paleoclimatic data.

“It’s an honor to lead the team of talented scientists at GISS,” he said. “The work being done here has implications for societies across the planet, and I will strive to make that research as valuable as possible.”

Schmidt received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Oxford University in 1988 and a doctorate in applied mathematics from University College London in 1994. He came to New York as a 1996 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Postdoctoral Fellow in Climate and Global Change Research.

In addition to more than 100 published, peer-reviewed articles, he is the co-author of “Climate Change: Picturing the Science” (W.W. Norton, 2009), a collaboration between climate scientists and photographers. In 2011, he was awarded the American Geophysical Union Climate Communications Prize.

GISS was founded in 1961 as NASA’s theoretical division for work on planetary atmospheres, under the direction of Robert Jastrow, and is today a leading Earth climate research laboratory. Major areas of GISS research include measurements, remote sensing and simulation of Earth’s climate, the forces driving climate change and its impacts on human society, agriculture and ecosystems and continuing work on planetary climates in the solar system and beyond. GISS works closely with partners at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and with the Earth Institute and School of Engineering at Columbia University.

NASA’s Earth science program monitors the planet’s vital signs from land, air and space with a fleet of satellites and ambitious airborne and ground-based observation campaigns. NASA develops new ways to observe and study Earth’s interconnected natural systems with long-term data records and computer analysis tools to better see how our planet is changing. The agency shares this unique knowledge with the global community and works with institutions in the United States and around the world that contribute to understanding and protecting our home planet.

For more information about Schmidt’s research and publications, visit: www.giss.nasa.gov/staff/gschmidt/

Source: http://www.giss.nasa.gov/research/news/20140609/

In case you were wondering about that honorary lunch ticket to Tom’s Restaurant.

See: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/10/21/nasa-giss-a-division-of-vandelay-industries/

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Doug Proctor

No surprise, no change, the outcome is certain.

Nigel S

No carbon for you!

Henry Galt

Does he scuba-dive?
His predecessor claimed he would be needing to about now.

AleaJactaEst

one nutcase for another.

Henry Galt

NASA dis appoints

Evan Jones

gets honorary lunch ticket to Tom’s Restaurant.
I grew up within one block of Tom’s Restaurant. I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy.

DCA

Is he an American citizen?

Evan Jones

American Geophysical Union Climate Communications Prize.
Oh, lord.

Eliza

How can they put such a loser/failure. The USA is really declining.

The Old Crusader

“Schmidt, an expert in climate modeling…”
Maybe he can create one that works now that he is the boss?

betapug

“..simulating the future”?
Doris Day has the answer:
” I asked my sweetheart
What lies ahead
Will we have rainbows
Day after day”?
The future’s not ours to see
Que sera, sera

JimS

Hey, then needed some to fill James Hansen’s shorts.

Santa Baby

At least we know where the politicized BS will come from?

Rob Dawg

“His primary area of research is the simulation of past, present and future climates.”
Cool. Has he ever run his models against historical inputs and published the results compared to the actual climate record? Did his model using 1900-1930 data predict the dust bowl of just a few years later?

New guy same as the old guy.

njsnowfan

Congratss on the position Gavin, let’s just hope and pray you can do what is right and somewhere inside that you do really have a conscience. Seems up to this point Creative Data tampering has been your strong point.

ossqss

Question is if he has the guts now, as the boss, to sit next to Spencer for an interview?
Still Chicken Little?

Santa Baby

Political validation of the great political agenda?

That’s a shame, I’d have thought that after present and past members of NASA went public about falling standards, NASA would have taken the hint and put a scientist in charge

The good news is that Mann wasn’t given it.
The strange news is, of all the disciplines to to promote to the position, a climate modeler of observationally invalidated climate models, was promoted.
John

Andyj

To carry on filling James Hansens shorts. The mind boggles with all that methane and CO2 he is going to spout out.
The quality of some NASA personnel have to be heard to be believed.
A NASA woman said about Gale Crater (Mars).. The altitude is low in the crater so the pressure is slightly higher than normal. We’re finding the rover is finding it slightly warmer here and as yet we are uncertain as to why.
Lead scientist Grotzinger glared at her.
I’m not sure I’ve seen her still in the team.

mwhite

Gavin A. Schmidt – The man in charge as the negative PDO starts to make its presence felt.
Hope he’s working on his answers? I’m sure he’ll be able to figure out the questions

It should have been Harrison Schmitt

Gavin Schmidt’s history predicates against any change after Hansen.
A group of scientists established themselves as the defence squad for the bosses at the CRU led by Gavin Schmidt. In a leaked email from December 10 2004 Schmidt gave the CRU gang a Christmas present;
“Colleagues, No doubt some of you share our frustration with the current state of media reporting on the climate change issue. Far too often we see agenda-driven “commentary” on the Internet and in the opinion columns of newspapers crowding out careful analysis. Many of us work hard on educating the public and journalists through lectures, interviews and letters to the editor, but this is often a thankless task. In order to be a little bit more pro-active, a group of us (see below) have recently got together to build a new ‘climate blog’ website: RealClimate.org which will be launched over the next few days:”
The list was as follows:
– Mike Mann – Eric Steig – William Connolley – Stefan Rahmstorf – Ray Bradley – Amy Clement – Rasmus Benestad – William Connolley – Caspar Ammann.
The names are very familiar to people who have followed climate and engaged in questioning the anthropogenic warming theory (AGW) in any way. The evasiveness pervading the behavior recorded in the CRU emails was present at RealClimate and beyond. Note that William Connolley is listed twice – a Freudian slip because he was the most aggressive and did more than double duty through his own web page under an assumed name.
Schmidt notes,
“The idea is that we working climate scientists should have a place where we can mount a rapid response to supposedly ‘bombshell’ papers that are doing the rounds and give more context to climate related stories or events.”
and
“This is a strictly volunteer/spare time/personal capacity project and obviously nothing we say there reflects any kind of ‘official’ position.”
A detailed exposure of Schmidt’s is encapsulated in Steve McIntyre’s October 29 2005 column titled “Is Gavin Schmidt Honest?”
http://climateaudit.org/2005/10/29/is-gavin-schmidt-honest/
It appears Schmidt is a “natural” replacement for Hansen and indicates NASA GISS will continue the same policies and practices. I wonder what those ex NASA scientists who spoke out about that position think about this move?
http://www.therightclimatestuff.com/

ossqss

For the benefit of those who may not be aware of the new leaders bravery! This is a prime example of how climate science is in todays world. Amazing 3 grader professionalism on Gavin’s part…….
Now he is the boss?
You gotta be kidding me!

CRS, DrPH

Does this mean he’ll have to give up working on his Real Climate blog?

CaligulaJones

C’mon, be positive here. In the words of Chesty Puller:
“We’ve been looking for the enemy for some time now. We’ve finally found him. We’re surrounded. That simplifies things.”

Chris D.

I suppose that congratulations would be in order.
I have to admit, though, that every time I read his name, I immediately think of how he scolded Steve MacIntyre for waiting so long (was it two or three days?) before reporting the famous Y2K error in the temp record instead of simply thanking him graciously. That told me all I needed to know about the man’s character.

milodonharlani

Tim Ball says:
June 9, 2014 at 10:51 am
Since Gavin blogged on RC.org during “working” hours, he should be fired & forced to repay his ill-gotten gains from hard-working taxpayers. Then go to jail or be deported.
But of course even when “working”, he’s ripping us off.

@milodonharlani

Since Gavin blogged on RC.org during “working” hours, he should be fired & forced to repay his ill-gotten gains from hard-working taxpayers. Then go to jail or be deported.

Ever wonder where the term “good enough for government work” originated? Gavin is just proof of the term.

Chuck Nolan

Schmidt, an expert in climate modeling,…
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Isn’t he embarrassed by how piss poor the models run?
He should hide his face in shame.
Expert climate modeler myass.
No such thing imo.
cn

3x2

“It’s an honor to lead the team of talented scientists at GISS,” he said. “The work being done here has implications for societies across the planet, and I will strive to make that research as valuable as possible.
Old ‘Handcuffs’ would be proud of Gavin striving, in true ‘handcuffs’ fashion, to ensure that’ they are fully funded, at least until the next IPCC report’. Game of Groans, you’re all going to burn in hell fire unless you give us more cash come next cash season. Let’s face it, 1/10th of a degree up next year will see funding coming out of the gills. 1/10th of a degree down will see us consigned to history.

talldave2

My favorite Gavinism is the one where he claims GISS temperatures are accurate to .1 degrees, even though he’s changed most of them by more than that since he said that.

Chuck Nolan

“In addition to more than 100 published, peer-reviewed articles,…”
———————————————————
For that we should thank Mikey and the peers of the team.
Anything or any lie for the cause…and a lucrative paycheck.
ftm. It’s always about the money with these guys.
cn

Chuck Nolan

ossqss says:
June 9, 2014 at 10:32 am
Question is if he has the guts now, as the boss, to sit next to Spencer for an interview?
Still Chicken Little?
———————————————————————
It’s not a matter of guts.
He knew Mac would have been all over him and he has no science, only useless models.
It’s not a lack of guts…it’s the data that Gavin is missing.
cn

James Allison

This appointment will make Obama happy.

tom s

He’d look much better in orange jumpsuit

Pamela Gray

I’ll bet he will continue to use the “securely private email address system” when talking to his buddies about work. Come on guys, you don’t think they are continuing to use public on-the-job email systems to continue their communications?!?!?!?!
However, having this will-not-debate guy at the head will make it easier to compel him to do exactly what he doesn’t want to do, dreads doing, and ducks out of any chance he gets. The sweet sounds of Subpoenaed! will be in our future.

Grant

Schmidt ‘s refusal to sit on the same stage with Roy Spencer was astounding. Yay, America, a child is in charge!

Greg

“The work being done here has implications for societies across the planet”
No shit !
“… and I will strive to make that research as valuable as possible.”
read: as expensive as possible.

Greg

Grant says: Schmidt ‘s refusal to sit on the same stage with Roy Spencer was astounding.
Wasn’t that how he won AGU “climate communication” prize? LOL

What space studies has he done?

Andy

What do you have to do to be considered to be an expert in Climate Modeling? Ignore FOIA requests? Be graded on steepness of curve on your hackney stick graph?

F. Ross

talldave2 says:
June 9, 2014 at 11:20 am
My favorite Gavinism is the one where he claims GISS temperatures are accurate to .1 degrees, even though he’s changed most of them by more than that since he said that.

[+emphasis]
Talldave –
As a follow on to your post; if the GISS temps are now indeed accurate to 0.01° then Gavin should NEVER need to change them again.
Well we’ll see if he can resist the temptation again if temps are still flat after another three to five years.

KNR

long-time director James E. Hansen and dead hand behind this appointment to ensure his ‘good work’ carries on.

john robertson

NASA doubling down?
So now “Real Climate” will become an acceptable use of minions paid time?
As the new Boss has no compunction about blogging on taxpayers time, the minions are free to call online gambling, porn and political agitation “work related”.
Magnificent example being offered to citizens here.
Promote the bandits and fools, fire the cautious and competent..
All hail the Kleptocracy.

Typhoon

It’s models all the way down.

Saaad

I love that photo of Gavin in front of the “Seinfeld restaurant” because it sums up the whole edifice: a show about nothing. (Sorry if this has been posted before – I’m in hospital atm and haven’t had time to read all the comments)

ba

NASA is short on funds?? Defund GISS.

Bryan A

JimS says:
June 9, 2014 at 10:18 am
Hey, then needed some to fill James Hansen’s shorts.
I believe that Mr Hansen’s shorts are already full of effluence

mwhite says: “Gavin A. Schmidt – The man in charge as the negative PDO starts to make its presence felt.”
Curious statement for a number of reasons: (1) the PDO is actually positive and has been since the first of the year…and will likely go higher this month:
http://jisao.washington.edu/pdo/PDO.latest
(2) The PDO is not an indicator of ocean temperatures (warming or cooling) of the Pacific. The PDO simply represents the spatial pattern of the sea surface temperature anomalies of the extratropical North Pacific. See the post:
http://bobtisdale.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/the-201415-el-nino-part-5-the-relationship-between-the-pdo-and-enso/
(3) There’s nothing cool about the sea surface temperatures of the Pacific…comment image
…especially the North Pacific over the past year:comment image
The PDO has no value in a discussion of global surface temperatures since it represents the spatial pattern of the sea surface temperatures, not the sea surface temperatures.
To paraphrase Richard Lindzen from a recent presentation: The Pacific Decadal Oscillation is not an oscillation. And it’s not decadal. But there is one thing correct about it. It takes place in the Pacific.