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Climate science editor for @nature. Views my own. Climate podcasts at https://t.co/17I58ZdAFC. Baker, cyclist, recovering academic.
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Oct 19, 2022 15 tweets 8 min read
I just finished reading @nature’s special issue content on racism in science. I found it powerful, depressing, uplifting, fascinating, and inspirational. In the hopes that I can tempt you to check out the wide content, here’s a quick🧵on all the content.nature.com/immersive/d428… Editorial by Melissa Nobles, @lizwathuti, Chad Womack, and Ambroise Wonkam: racism in science was (and is) dehumanizing, exploitative, exclusionary, and often hidden. Institutions need decolonization, inclusion, restorative justice, and reconciliation. nature.com/articles/d4158…
Dec 15, 2021 26 tweets 8 min read
Ever wonder about the scope of climate research published in @nature? Here are the papers published in 2021 I handled as climate science editor. Two threads. Here's part 2 on modern+future. Much less than in past years on ice and sea level. Here's 1/3, an exhaustive quantification of global glacier mass loss, with sharply reduced uncertainties.
Dec 15, 2021 14 tweets 5 min read
Ever wonder about the scope of climate research published in @nature? Here are the papers published in 2021 I handled as climate science editor. Two threads. Here's part 1 on paleoclimate. Starting with the last glacial maximum: reanalysis of noble gas records (a pretty direct and unbiased indicator of temperature) show *land* climate was ~ 6 C colder than present.
Sep 29, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
Today in @nature: precipitation nowcasting from @DeepMind. Open access! nature.com/articles/s4158… We receive quite a few submissions applying some flavor of ML/AI to weather forecasting. Most we decline, because the general point has been made that the technique works, and at least for @nature there usually isn't a case for another demonstration.
Aug 31, 2020 18 tweets 3 min read
Thread. @nature encourages authors to recommend and exclude reviewers. My personal views on the strategies that are likely to increase/decrease the chances of your recommendations being taken up ... #peerreview #scicomm #climatetwitter What to do …
May 1, 2020 27 tweets 9 min read
Thread. @nature has a huge amount of content. Confused about what our various categories mean? You’re not alone! Sure we have a guide to authors, but it is, ahem, a bit formal. Here’s a blast through our various categories. First, content that is not normally submitted by scientists (i.e. we write ourselves, or commission) …
Jun 5, 2019 24 tweets 5 min read
Thread. I go to a lot of meetings where I have only a modest level of knowledge about the field. Which is great, because then I learn a lot. But I don’t understand the main point of many talks. #DarkConfessions #scicomm For a long time, I reckoned this was just me, and my ignorance of community-specific jargon. Also, #ImposterSyndrome. Editors have it too.
May 30, 2019 26 tweets 9 min read
Some notes on #AERE2019 coming your way! Climate, economy, agriculture, social cost of carbon and more. Kevin Rennert from @rff: social cost of carbon estimates need GDP estimates to ~2300. Based on estimated growth rates, you can get $10 billion/yr GDP per capita! So...elicitation in progress to constrain statistical estimates of GDP.
Apr 14, 2019 28 tweets 11 min read
Keynote by David Pyle at #VICS2019: many volcanic eruptions are explicable, but not predictable. Andrew Schurer #VICS2019: are we sure that the Tambora eruption caused the 1816 “year without a summer”? Not sure, and changes in circulation *can* produce similar conditions. But Tambora-like eruptions make the cold summer in Western Europe about 10-100 times more likely.
Mar 29, 2019 18 tweets 6 min read
I’ve handled the review of > 1000 papers at @nature. Over time, you notice aspects of presentation on which reviewers tend to comment. In the interests of minimizing hassles during review, I offer the following suggestions (a bit targeted to climate papers). Double space: make it easy on the reader (and editor) by double spacing the entire text, including references and figure legends.