The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More
Schmidt is a climate modeler at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Using atmospheric general-circulation models, as well as coupled ocean-atmosphere models, he investigates the interactions between large-scale climate systems such as ocean and wind currents to understand natural variability and how climate responds to human-made forcings. He also works to reconcile paleo-climate data from ice cores, tree rings, and other proxies with modern-day climate models. In addition, he's an associate editor at the Journal of Climate.
Scientists active in the public sphere recognize the importance of communications but sometimes have an incomplete or exaggerated view of the risks to both their public and professional reputations as a function of their advocacy.
In recent years, with the rise of social media, many more scientists are becoming public communicators. In politicized fields such as climate science, these communications can attract disproportionate attention.