What’s a moving picture worth?

The ability to explain science to a lay audience is extraordinary. It is hard, and it can be made even more difficult when talking about climate. But, as the old saw goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. So how much is a moving, interactive, and informative picture (or rather, graphic) worth?

This graphic, from Bloomberg Business and the folks at GISS, nicely explains the thinking behind the attribution of current temperature trends to anthropogenic effects.

This is certainly worth a look. It is likely worth much more.

It is Spanish for “the Niño”

The latest Climate Prediction Center/NCEP/NWS advisory is out, and it looks like we are heading towards El Niño – this time with much greater certainty!

Continued reading >


This one hits hard. A 2015 GC PhD, Derrick Griffith, was killed in the Amtrak train derailment on Tuesday. Dr. Griffith was 42 years old and had a distinguished career already as an educator. Going back to school in your 30’s to get a PhD is not easy.


Roman warm period and the dark ages cold period

I’ve been reading the classic Climate, History and the Modern World by H.H. Lamb, and really enjoying the take on how changing climate has influenced history.  Continued reading >

The Hedgehog and the Fox

πόλλ’ οἶδ’ ἀλώπηξ, ἀλλ’ ἐχῖνος ἓν μέγα (“the fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing”) – Archilochus (via Wikipedia).

George Philander gave a talk on The Hedgehog and the Fox yesterday at the Graduate Center, and provided some very interesting food for thought for both budding scientists and some of the larger scientific community.  Continued reading >

Putting Climate in Context

This year’s Climate in Context conference at the Grad Center was a rousing success. Nearly twice as many participants and some really good discussions. There are people doing really interesting research at CUNY! Continued reading >

Climate in Context Two

I’ve been involved with the organization of the Climate in Context at the Graduate Center, CUNY 2015 Conference (and I was last year, too) – mostly in a technical capacity, but I am chairing a session. And now, the schedule is up!

Continued reading >

Gravity always wins…

When I teach my classes, I try very hard to make my course intellectually rigorous, intellectually stimulating, and relevant to the students. But that doesn’t mean it can’t also be fun.

Continued reading >

Route 23

Whenever I go by Route 23 while driving on 87N, I want to stop. The Route 23 outcrop has a special place in my heart.

Continued reading >

Post-AGU Update

It has been a rather hectic few weeks. It is Fellowship season, job application season, it was the end of the semester, and of course AGU, all sandwiched around the holidays. Oh, and we now have the last of our data, including 14C and Mg/Ca! Continued reading >

 OpenCUNY » login | join | terms | activity 

 Supported by the CUNY Doctoral Students Council.