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A prized communicator

AGU Climate Communication Prize goes to Jeffrey Kiehl

August 3, 2012 | NCAR’s Jeff Kiehl (NESL/CGD) is the recipient of the 2012 American Geophysical Union Climate Communication Prize. Established in 2011, this Union Prize highlights the importance of 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. 

Jeffrey Kiehl
Senior scientist Jeffrey Kiehl of NESL's Climate and Global Dynamics division has long been recognized for his contributions to climate communication. Examples include this YouTube interview on his paleoclimate research and this seminar webcast on communicating about science.

Jeff has long had a profound interest in the human treatment of the natural world. Returning to school in 2003, Jeff pursued studies in psychology at Regis University and completed doctoral-level work at the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. Today, he frequently combines this knowledge with his climate expertise to explore why humans treat nature the way we do, and how we value nature from a psychological and philosophical perspective in talks to the public. Jeff tailors the information he presents specifically for each audience, using images and narratives that have particular relevance to that audience.

Educating scientists to communicate more effectively with the public about climate science is another priority for Jeff. He has presented many lectures to young scientists at universities and at various scientific meetings on how to improve science communication. These presentations typically explore both the scientific and psychological dimensions of communicating climate change. The 2012 AGU Climate Communications award recognizes and rewards these public and peer-oriented efforts.

Jeff will receive the prize during the Honors Evening at the annual Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union in December 2012.