Dr Gavin Schmidt

Speaker Bio

Dr. Gavin Schmidt is a climate scientist and Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York. He works on understanding changes in past, present and future climates. He was the co-author of “Climate Change: Picturing the Science” in 2009, and in 2011 was the inaugural awardee of the AGU Climate Communications Prize. His 2014 TED talk on the emergent patterns of climate change has been viewed over a million times.


We all know that communicating our science is hard, but we also know that it is necessary. I will discuss some of the narrative techniques that have worked, and some of the times when it all went horribly wrong. While there will always be people who will distort and politicize our results, many of the worst examples of miscommunications don’t involve them directly. I will try and show that we can all do a lot better to reduce confusion and help people make more informed decisions. This talk will also include nice animations.  

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