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Texas Tech Scientist Awarded Climate Communication Prize from American Geophysical Union

Katharine Hayhoe also was recently named to the 2014 TIME 100 list of most influential people in the world.

Written by John Davis

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A Texas Tech University climate scientist recently received the 2014 Climate Communication Prize from the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Katharine Hayhoe, recently named to the 2014 TIME 100 list of most influential people in the world, was this year’s recipient. The prize is given annually in recognition  for outstanding communication of climate science.

“I am honored to be named,” Hayhoe said. “It means a great deal to me to have my fellow scientists, as represented by the AGU, recognize and respect my commitment to communicating the realities of climate change to people who will be affected by it.”

The Climate Prize highlights the importance of promoting scientific literacy, clarity of message, and efforts to foster respected and understanding of science-based values as they relate to the implications of climate change.

Prize qualifications include promotion of scientific literacy, clarity of message and efforts to foster respect and understanding of science-based value as they relate to the implications of climate change.

Hayhoe is director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, part of the Department of Interior’s (DOI) South-Central Climate Science Center, for which she also is a principal investigator.

As an atmospheric scientist, Hayhoe’s research focuses on assessing the impacts of climate change at the regional-to-local scale and translating this science into input for relevant, informed policy. Hayhoe identifies the changing conditions to which communities, ecosystems and society will have to adapt, and quantifies the benefits achieved by reducing carbon emissions from human activities.

Cheadle, Hayhoe, Farley

Hayhoe and Andrew Farley recently appeared with actor Don Cheadle on Showtime.
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Her outreach includes sharing the relevance of climate change with those affected by it here in the United States and around the world. She is particularly concerned with highlighting the plight of the poor and vulnerable, who will be disproportionately affected by a changing climate.

All of the AGU’s honorees will be celebrated at an annual Honors Ceremony and Banquet held on Dec. 17 at the 2014 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

“I am again pleased that Dr. Hayhoe has been recognized for her continuing outstanding efforts in climate science,” said M. Duane Nellis, president of Texas Tech. “This prize serves as recognition of our quality research and our abilities to communicate our discoveries effectively to the region, the nation and the world.”

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