One of the great things about writing our SimBio interactive chapters is the chance to talk with a lot of interesting scientists. Among the reviewers of our Climate Change chapter was Steve Running, a climatologist who was part of the IPCC group that received the Nobel prize a couple years ago. His work with the IPCC and increased profile after getting the Nobel has led to a lot of invitations to speak about climate science to both academic and general audiences. Dr. Running recently agreed to sit down and share with us his thoughts on climate science concepts that are difficult to convey and how he approaches them in his talks. He has some interesting thoughts on how to present climate modeling as based on a long scientific history.
I’m biased of course, but I think our lead author John Roach did a super job leading students through an understanding of climate and climate models, the data that earth’s climate is changing, and possible ecological consequences in our own Climate Change chapter.