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The Hottest Thing Since the Hadean Eon

Calendar_CoverPresenting the 2014 Climate Models wall calendar: the only calendar on Earth that shares the planet’s hottest climate science and the people behind it.

In collaboration with photographers Charlie Naebeck and Jordan Matter, creator of the New York Times bestseller “Dancers Among Us,” Francesco Fiondella and I produced a wall calendar featuring 13 powerful portraits of climate scientists and their research.

Scientists use climate models, or mathematical computer-based models of the Earth, atmosphere and oceans, to learn about climate. This calendar uses scientists as models to teach climate science.

Our goal is to humanize science and increase understanding of current climate research. Many people don’t understand how researchers collect climate data, measure change in the environment over time and analyze this information to understand past, present and future climate.

Photos in the calendar shatter stereotypes of scientists and show that they’re a diverse group of people doing important research to understand how our planet works. From studies of drought in the sub-Saharan Africa to reconstructions of Southeast Asia’s climate history using data obtained from tree rings, the information in the calendar covers a broad range of current climate science and describes what scientists are discovering about Earth’s past, present and future climate.

Participating researchers are from the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Check out the video below to learn why scientists Dorothy Peteet, Jason Smerdon, Lisa Goddard, Tony Barnston and Richard Seager chose to participate.

Be among the first to display—and understand—the latest in climate science by supporting our Kickstarter campaign. Visit and follow #ClimateModels on Twitter for the latest updates on the project.

Media Contacts:
Francesco Fiondella
International Research Institute for Climate and Society

Rebecca Fowler
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Banner featuring a collage of extreme heat images.

Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

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