Climate supermodelling: thanks and farewell Gavin Schmidt

The month of July was Climate Change-a-go-go here at Real Scientists, and tweeting for the second of the four weeks was Gavin Schmidt (@ClimateOfGavin). Gavin covered observations, modelling and whole system understanding of climate change during his week at the helm.

And why it’s important to combine observations with modelling in order to get quantitative data about climate change, introducing us to a very important acronym along the way.

We asked Gavin how he felt his week tweeting for Real Scientists went, so here he is in his own words.

In general terms, how did you find your week as a curator?

Fun – gave me a chance to try on a few different poses that I can’t really do with my regular account.

It can be a shock talking to so many. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?

Wasn’t that much of a rush. Lots of RTs and favorites, but not that much in terms of discussion. There was a bit of a half hearted troll infestation on one day but it was pretty tame and not very interesting.

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

The whole week was a highlight!

Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?

I would have liked to have had a broader discussion on public science and advocacy (see below), but the time ran out before that got going.

Did you have a plan? If so, did you stick to it?

I had a proto-plan, and I did about 2/3rds of it (real life got in the way a little).

Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?

Plan it out and have your graphics handy.

What other people or accounts should people follow if they enjoyed your tweets this week?


The RS team is sincerely grateful to Gavin for an amazing week of tweeting. If you missed out on his curation, you can catch the highlights of his week here and also follow his regular account @ClimateofGavin.

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