Science Director Richard Somerville Wins AGU Climate Communication Prize

Climate Communication Science Director Richard Somerville is the 2015 recipient of the American Geophysical Union’s Climate Communication Prize. The prize is given annually to one honoree in recognition of excellence in the communication of climate science.

Richard was recognized for his career-long track record of climate communication, which has involved countless public talks and lectures, communications workshops for fellow scientists, work with educators, TV interviews, articles, op-eds, and the publication of a popular book, The Forgiving Air: Understanding Environmental Change. His work has embodied what the Prize was created to highlight: “promoting scientific literacy, clarity of message, and efforts to foster respect and understanding of science-based values as they relate to the implications of climate change.”

Climate Communication workshop featuring Susan Hassol and Richard Somerville speaking about ways to effectively communicate the science behind climate change and global warming research to diverse (and occasionally hostile) audiences.

Richard Somerville leads a workshop on climate change communication at the University of Delaware in 2013. Photo credit: University of Delaware/Evan Krape