Archive for August, 2005

Uncertainty

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

Check out this pic
Katrina

The question it begs is “How much uncertainty is allowably present when policy makers have to set priorities for public safety?”

This document,
http://www.nd.edu/~adcirc/pubs/westerinketal_bams_ref1935b.pdf, was suggested as an example of predictive capacity that was known. Did it offer leadership an opportunity to avoid the current levels of distruction and death?

Is there adequate delivery of information to policy leadership?

Hurricanes are something we have records on to 1850s. Yet the relationships between water and air that are critical to their existance have only been getting serious study over the last forty or so years. What are the critical elements that will reduce uncertainty? What is missing that would make a difference in the next decade?

Should resources be reallocated within basic science to accelerate this progress?

Too Big?

Friday, August 26th, 2005

Was reading “Our Changing Planet”, the FY 1991 report by the Global Change Research Program. Even at that stage, the scope and complexity are huge. Is this problem too large for the average mind? Are the time frames beyond most people’s experience? What are the best stories to bring these elements into human scale?
These are the questions we need to get a grip on as we form the structure of this program.
Patrick

One down…

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

Ok, we’ve processed our first interview into Wiki-ready content and sent it off to review and clearance. It’s fascinating to see the structure emerge from the conversations we’ve had. I’m looking forward to seeing how it evolves once it is actually in the Wiki.

-Joe

Wiki Wiki Wiki

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

Today I started assimilating our interviews into a pre-wiki document so we can get clearance from our sources. It’s a surprising amount of work. The good news is that reoganizing the transcript really shows the core elements that we have to work with for the story. Good stuff. Hopefully the pace will pick up once we get into the groove.

-Joe

Successful Communications

Monday, August 22nd, 2005

One of the important elements of a successful communication is that it engenders the intended response in the audience. For this blog, that audience is the people doing the climate science that are taking the time to share with us their experiences in their field. For the program, the audience is the public that through NOAA, has paid for that science. Our charge is to deliver the facts, or as John Kermond has stated it “What we know, what we don’t know and the significance of each”. In addition to this challenge, is finding the elements that will make this science interesting on a human scale, for many aspects of climate are overwhelming in scope and scale. Physically immense, and unfolding over time frames that are outside most people’s understanding, we seek to find the human elements that are within reach, to find the unique yet accessible aspects of the people and work that will compel a level of presence so that the facts are not only presented, but have impact.
Patrick

And we’re off…

Friday, August 19th, 2005

Ok… that was exciting! My first post was automagically answered by Mr. WordPress!

Well, we expect to begin in earnest here shortly. Keep an eye out!

-joe

Starting the conversation

Thursday, August 18th, 2005

Howdy,

This is our weblog to share with you developments about The NOAA Climate Story currently being produced by Joe Andrieu and Patrick Gregston of Ceilings Unlimited.

I’m looking forward to continuing the conversation…

-j