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Gwen Noda

Time to Adapt to a Warming World, But Where's the Science? - 0 views

    "Science 25 November 2011:
    Vol. 334 no. 6059 pp. 1052-1053
    DOI: 10.1126/science.334.6059.1052

    * News Focus

    Adaptation to Climate Change
    Adaptation to Climate Change
    Time to Adapt to a Warming World, But Where's the Science?

    1. Richard A. Kerr

    With dangerous global warming seemingly inevitable, users of climate information-from water utilities to international aid workers-are turning to climate scientists for guidance. But usable knowledge is in short supply.
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    Adapt to that.

    Climate will change, but decision-makers want to know how, where, and when.

    DENVER, COLORADO-The people who brought us the bad news about climate change are making an effort to help us figure out what to do about it. As climate scientists have shown, continuing to spew greenhouse gases into the atmosphere will surely bring sweeping changes to the world-changes that humans will find it difficult or impossible to adapt to. But beyond general warnings, there is another sort of vital climate research to be done, speakers told 1800 attendees at a meeting here last month. And so far, they warned, researchers have delivered precious little of the essential new science.

    At the meeting, subtitled "Climate Research in Service to Society,"* the new buzzword was "actionable": actionable science, actionable information, actionable knowledge. "There's an urgent need for actionable climate information based on sound science," said Ghassem Asrar, director of the World Climate Research Programme, the meeting's organizer based in Geneva, Switzerland. What's needed is not simply data but processed information that an engineer sizing a storm-water pipe to serve for the next 50 years or a farmer in Uganda considering irrigating his fields can use to make better decisions in a warming world.

    Researchers preparing for the next international climate assessment, due in 2013, delive
Gwen Noda

Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics - 0 views

    A book by Nathan Yau who writes for FlowingData, Visualize This is a practical guide on visualization and how to approach real-world data. The book is published by Wiley and is available for pre-order on Amazon and other major online booksellers. Available July 2011.
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