Confused about science, or want to learn more about it? Year of Science 2009 is a national, year-long celebration to improve public understanding about how science works, why it matters and who scientists are. Each month this year, the Year of Science Web site is highlighting a different theme; the August theme is Weather and Climate.
Bob Henson, Capital Weather Gang contributor and veteran writer and editor for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, is this month's blogger. So far, Bob has explored The Three Ways We Understand Our Atmosphere and Weather Observations: The Good, the Bad and the Challenging.
Keep reading for more on the August Year of Science material...
Other highlights include:
--Take AIM at Climate Change video: Learn why we need to Adapt, Innovate and Mitigate (AIM).
--Meet the Scientists: Read about seven scientists who work in weather and climate fields.
--'Zine-a-thon Contest: Use your creativity to teach science on a small scale.
--Understanding Science: a helpful new Web site from University of California at Berkeley.
Year of Science 2009 is supported by the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS), a growing grassroots network of universities, scientific societies, science centers and museums, government agencies, advocacy groups, media, schools, educators, businesses and industry. Capital Weather Gang is a COPUS participant.
COPUS is sponsored by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the Geological Society of America, the National Science Teachers Association, and the University of California Museum of Paleontology.
Check back with Year of Science 2009 to learn about biodiversity and conservation in September and earth science in October. View past themes at www.yearofscience2009.org.