26 Oct '11, 3pm

For Climate Scientists, a Dive Into Alphabet Soup: At a conference of 1,600 researchers, a participant offers a

For journalists, climate science can be a challenge in and of itself. The uncertainties, the dueling algorithms, the long horizons involved in predicting how climate change could unfold — all of this conspires against a reporter trying to report the relevant news in a clear and accessible way. Yet the alphabet soup of initials and acronyms associated with the field makes things even more daunting, as some noted this week in Denver at the World Climate Research Program ’s Open Science Conference , a gathering of some 1,600 international climate researchers. I.P.C.C., S.S.M.I., Gewex, Gruan, C.C.S.M.4 — so many have been bandied about that one speaker, Peter H. Gleick , president of the Pacific Institute in Oakland, Calif., screened a PowerPoint presentation on Tuesday morning that featured an alphabetic array of the ones he had heard on Monday. Dr. Gleick, who gave a plenar...

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