Om NOAA Climate.gov

NOAA publicerar en ambitiös webb om klimatet riktat till allmänheten.

NOAA Climate.gov is a source of timely and authoritative scientific data and information about climate. Our goals are to promote public understanding of climate science and climate-related events, to make our data products and services easy to access and use, to provide climate-related support to the private sector and the Nation’s economy, and to serve people making climate-related decisions with tools and resources that help them answer specific questions.

Innehållet verkar vara helt i IPCCs anda. När det gäller jordens energibalans, så hänvisar man till material för laborationer som tagits fram av en organisation för geografilärare: The Earth’s Heat Budget. Undervisningsmaterialet finns här. (Det verkar som om de försvårat kopiering av texter genom att lägga tecknet nyrad efter varje bokstav! Därmed fungerar inte översättningsprogram…) Materialet verkar vara auktoriserat av organisationen Cleanet.

Clean har en avdelning om What is Climate Literacy?. Ett par exempel:

There are misconceptions and myths surrounding climate science that are important to correct.
Climate change is already impacting students’ lives across the nation – with extreme weather events, raising sea level, expanding growth season, droughts, fires, and other real-world phenomena.

Ett intressant avsnitt är What makes this principle challenging to teach?

An area of common confusion that educators, students and the public have is that climate scientists disagree as to whether or not climate change is happening, or if it is happening, whether or not humans are the primary cause. There are a variety of reasons for this, but the bottom line is the vast majority (~97.4%) of scientists who study climate and publish in peer-review journals do agree that human activity is altering the natural greenhouse effect and causing the planet to warm (see the article by Doran and Zimmerman in the references section).

A related confusion is that most people don’t understand how climate scientists know what they know, and this partially is because scientists aren’t always good at communicating their research to non-technical audiences, and partially due to the way science is communicated in the media.

Another hurdle is the overall perception that science is overly challenging and that scientific understanding is out of reach for the general public. Thus, educators can take deliberate steps to illuminate how science works and how scientific research is relevant to society.

Undersökningen av Doran har kritiserats och det av goda anledningar.

An invitation to participate in the survey was sent to 10,257 Earth scientists.

This brief report addresses the two primary questions of the survey, which contained up to nine questions (the full study is given by Kendall Zimmerman [2008]):

1. When compared with pre1800s levels, do you think that mean global temperatures have generally risen, fallen, or remained relatively constant?

2. Do you think human activity is a significant contributing factor in changing mean global temperatures?

With 3146 individuals completing the survey, the participant response rate for the survey was 30.7%.

Det är alltså en riktig skräpundersökning man hänvisar till.

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