Science Blogging

Antarctica StoryMap Series wins the GA Silver Publishers’ Award

We are delighted to announce that our Antarctica StoryMap Series has been awarded a Silver Publishers’ Award by the Geographical Association! The award ceremony was on 11th April 2022 and StoryMap authors Laura Boyall and Chloe Trimmer were able to attend in person to receive the award, with Bethan Davies and Jen Thornton joining in …

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Creating digital resources for outreach and science communication

Science communication is increasingly important for environmental scientists, and the digital realm offers great opportunity. How can we maximise it? Recently, I joined a seminar hosted by the British Society for Geomorphology where I discussed how we can provide effective outreach and public engagement resources in the digital format. I gave a keynote talk, where …

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Polar Literacy Project

As science communicators and educators, it can be difficult to evaluate exactly what are the key messages to communicate. The Polar Literacy Initiative (website: polar-ice.org) has done a great job in highlighting the seven key principles about polar regions that we should aim to communicate. These are the ‘big ideas’ that the general public should …

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Talk on teaching resources: recording available

On 14th July 2020 I gave a public webinar, kindly hosted by SedsOnline. The talk covered glaciers and climate change, before outlining how this website aligns with post-16 curriculum and highlighting some other excellent resources for teaching glacial environments. You can watch the whole talk below.

What is the ice volume of Thwaites Glacier?

Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica is currently the focus of a major scientific campaign. Why is Thwaites Glacier of so much interest, however? How much ice is there, and how much would sea levels rise if it all melted? Thwaites Glacier is roughly the size of UK (176 x103 km2). The glacier terminus is nearly …

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In defence of reticence

Occasionally, comments on this website call me reticent. I think that this is because I try not to let my personal opinions cloud my professional, scientific judgement. I am proud to be reticent. I always try to be informative, to give values of uncertainties and ranges and assessments of confidence. I try to present both …

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Analysis of www.AntarcticGlaciers.org as a tool for online science communication

Davies, B.J., and Glasser, N.F., 2014. Analysis of www.AntarcticGlaciers.org as a tool for online science communication. Journal of Glaciology 60(220), 399-406. Download the preprint: Davies_et_al_2014_preprint. The following is a shorter, simpler version of the published paper. Science communication for the time-limited academic Academic research into climate change is driven by pressing human concerns. Because climate …

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Setting up a science blog

Online science communication There are as many outlets for science communication as there are scientists doing it. They range from traditional press releases and media interviews1 to science cafes, public debates and lectures, museums, open days, TV programmes2 and films. However each comes with its own specific limitations; many preach to the converted. Many people …

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Search Engine Optimisation for science communication

What is Search Engine Optimisation? This is an exciting time to be a scientist interested in science communication. More and more academics are taking the bull by the horns and are starting up blogs and websites. Many NERC-funded research projects now have their own website. But what’s the point in having a blog if no …

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