Climate Science Rapid Response Team Established to Help Public Get Smart on Scientific Issues

December 14, 2010
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There is a sharp divide between what scientists know about climate change and what the public knows. In an effort to narrow this gap, the Climate Science Rapid Response Team has been established.

The science team already numbers greater than 100 from every area related to climate science. The Climate Science Rapid Response Team includes members from NASA, NOAA, NCAR, Hadley Center, UREL, LLNL, and many major research universities.

According to Professor Scott Mandia from the Climate Science Rapid Response Team, “more scientists are being invited every day and most have accepted our invitation, realizing scientists have a responsibility to engage the public by engaging the media. These are the top scientists in the field who have very busy schedules.  They have agreed to make themselves available to government officials and journalists in a rapid fashion to provide the information that is needed to get the story right.”

Mandia continues, “There is a huge body of scientific work going on all over the world to understand our climate system and humanity’s influence on it, and we will continue to enlarge this team as our resources permit.”

The climate scientists who are members of the Climate Science Rapid Response Team have been chosen to cover all the diverse areas related to Climate Science. Each scientist has been selected for their expertise based upon their extensive original research, as evidenced by their publications in professional peer-reviewed scientific journals.

The Climate Science Rapid Response Team (“CSRRT”) is committed to providing rapid, high-quality information to media and government officials. CSRRT operates as a match-making service between top scientists, and members of the media and office holders and their staffs from various levels of government.

Climate Science Rapid Response Team Process

Climate Science Rapid Response Team

Here is the process for engaging the Climate Science Rapid Response Team: Media or government officials with questions can visit the Climate Science Rapid Response Team enquiry form and identify themselves along with their question and any deadlines. The information is sent to three people: Dr. John Abraham, Dr. Ray Weymann, and Prof. Scott Mandia, who function as “matchmakers” and immediately forward the question to the scientists with the best expertise to answer it. A direct, authoritative response from the scientists and/or one of the three matchmakers will be returned, with all efforts made to meet deadlines.

Those who are not media or government contacts but have questions regarding climate are encouraged to visit Central Coast Climate Science Education or Skeptical Science where most questions can be answered. The Climate Science Rapid Response Team enquiry form is for government officials and media only.

Meet the Matchmakers

Dr. John Abraham

Dr. John Abraham is an Associate Professor of Thermal Sciences at the University of St. Thomas and has consulted for companies including Lockheed Martin, Medtronic, Caterpillar, Johnson and Johnson, and St. Jude Medical. He has published approximately 100 journal and conference papers on areas of expertise including heat transfer, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics. In addition, he developed computational methods to simulate the flow of energy and fluids in physical systems.

Professor Scott Mandia

Scott Mandia is Professor of Earth and Space Sciences, and Assistant Chair of the Physical Sciences Department at Suffolk County Community College, Long Island, New York, USA. He has been teaching introductory meteorology and climatology courses for 22 years. In 1997, he won the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Mandia writes about climate change and politics on his blog Global Warming: Man or Myth? The website is listed at Realclimate.org as a climate science resource.

Dr. Ray Weymann

Dr. Ray Weymann is a retired astronomer with 40 years experience at major universities and observatories in teaching and research. He graduated college at Cal Tech and went on to earn a PhD in Astrophysics from Princeton University. Dr. Weymann was a member of two of the teams who designed instruments for the Hubble Space Telescope. Since retiring, he has used his background in astrophysics to help adults and students better understand issues about climate science and global warming.

Early success stories

The Climate Science Rapid Response Team has already been used successfully by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, CNN, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, AP (the Associated Press), NPR, Skeptical Science and others. In addition to the rapid response protocol, their website has links to important resources in climate science and education.

Commentary in Simple Terms for People Who Care

This is an important development in the history of America. As science has been under attack by the FOX-GOP for years, science has finally organized and is ready to fight back.

However, the Climate Science Rapid Response Team has already made its first critical error in adopting the acronym “CSRRT” which is absolutely devoid of emotional currency. I strongly urge the Climate Science Rapid Response Team to ditch the acronym and use the full name of the team — every time — in order to emotionally connect with the audience and establish a personal brand for the science team.

Climate Scientists and Journalists: if you haven’t already heard, acronyms and other language of the climate movement devoid of emotional currency do more harm than good by alienating people who can’t connect to the message.

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