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Official Launch of the Climate Science Rapid Response Team

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The Climate Science Rapid Response Team (CSRRT) has officially launched its service to media and government officials.  Scientists from the CSRRT have already:

  • Responded to inquiries from news sources such as New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, and others.
  • Appeared on local and national radio shows including NPR’s Science Friday.
  • Provided real-time Web-enabled scientist “color commentary” for Science Magazine’s coverage of the House of Representatives Science and Technology Committee’s hearing on climate science on November 17, 2010.

Press release:

NAME:                        Climate Science Rapid Response Team (CSRRT)


WHO & WHAT:           The CSRRT is a match-making service between top scientists and members of the media and office holders and their staffs from various levels of government. Our group consists of dozens of leading scientists who wish to improve communication about climate change. The group is committed to providing rapid, high-quality information to media and government officials. Our members have expertise in virtually all areas of climate science and they are available to share their current understanding in a fairly rapid time frame.

HOW IT WORKS:        Inquirers will use the form on the Website to identify themselves and to send their questions along with the desired timeframe of the response.  That information will immediately be sent to three people: Dr. John Abraham, Dr. Ray Weymann, and Prof. Scott Mandia.  These three “match-makers” will immediately notify up to three scientists with the most appropriate expertise.  One scientist or one of the three CSRRT match-makers will then respond directly to the inquirer with the correct science information.

WHY WE DO IT:          There is a sharp divide between what scientists know about climate change and what the public knows.  The scientists of the CSRRT understand that better communication can narrow this gap.  The media is in the best position to deliver accurate science information to the general public and to our elected leaders but only if they are provided with that information. The CSRRT is committed to delivering that service.  We are advocates for science education. 

You may also listen to John Abraham and me discussing the CSRRT with Chris Mooney on


Written by Scott Mandia

November 22, 2010 at 8:53 am

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  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Lou Grinzo and Cerus, Scott A Mandia. Scott A Mandia said: Official Launch of the #Climate Science Rapid Response Team: Spread the word. […]

  2. Scott,
    Is there any discussion of an official reply (besides the web real time) to the testimony given by Patrick Michaels at the Nov 17th Congressional subcommittee hearing, like was done with Monckton’s?


    November 22, 2010 at 1:13 pm

  3. Be prepared for many ridiculous emails from Goddard et al (PS I think that’s the only time we will ever see Goddard et al haha)


    November 25, 2010 at 6:00 pm

  4. Heard your interview on Point of Inquiry. Thought I might offer 1 suggestion in an effort to increase your effectiveness……work with high school science teachers to spread the news. Biggest complaint I hear is about the communication skills of professional scientist…if you talk to the public much like HS science teacher does, I believe the content becomes easier to digest. I, as a high school science teacher, have had to take very complex content and reframe the information (using analogies and metaphors that make more sense to the common person) into an understandable format. Please, take what you like and discard the rest.

    Thanks for the wonderfully insightful interview on Point of Inquiry. Gave me some ideas on how to have this discussion with people in my rural town who do not quit understand what CLIMATE CHANGE (not weather change) really is.


    November 27, 2010 at 1:19 am

  5. Improved methods for PCA-based reconstructions: case study using the Steig et al. (2009) Antarctic temperature reconstruction. O’Donnell, Lewis, McIntyre, Condon (2010). Soon to be published in Journal of CLimate (Dec 7th?)

    I suspect the blogosphere will be alight with stories of how Steig et al have been refuted (McI’s spin), and inferences that Antarctica is not warming. The reality is that they have independently confirmed Steig et al’s conclusion that West Antarctica is warming as well as East Antarctica.

    “The results in the paper are generally similar to the in-process analysis that was posted at CA and here prior to the submission. Overall, we find that the Steig reconstruction overestimated the continental trends and underestimated the Peninsula – though our analysis found that the trend in West Antarctica was, indeed, statistically significant. I would hope that our paper is not seen as a repudiation of Steig’s results, but rather as an improvement.

    In my opinion, the Steig reconstruction was quite clever, and the general concept was sound.”
    — Ryan O’Donnel

    Might be a good job for the Rapid Response Team?

    J Bowers

    December 5, 2010 at 12:58 pm

  6. […] However, global warming alarmists put Abraham forward as the point man for their self-proclaimed Climate Science Rapid Response Team. But hey, if Abraham is the best they can do, so be […]

  7. […] However, global warming alarmists put Abraham forward as the point man for their self-proclaimed Climate Science Rapid Response Team. But hey, if Abraham is the best they can do, so be […]

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