Becoming Ice Literate: How Scientists Like Jason Box Are Reaching Out to the Public

When climate scientists write to each other they write sentences like this:

We anticipate further reduction in ablation area albedo under future warming as localized areas of distributed impurities, supraglacial water and crevassing increase in extent and conclude that current bare ice area albedo models may advance significantly by representing the evolution of the surface types identified in this study.

No wonder the public are often confused about climate change and many of us do not know what is actually going on.

Most scientists are now well aware that while they continue to write to each other they also have an obligation to become bi-literate and write for the public. Jason Box, who is one of the authors of the scientific paper quoted above, is one ice scientist who is doing what he can to reach policy makers and the public. He Tweets on a regular basis and includes photographs and videos of the shrinking of glaciers in Greenland.

At Garn Press we applaud Jason Box for these efforts and encourage our readers to become “ice literate” – a term we coined at Garn.

In this video Jason Box is the guest on a Danish TV talk show. The beginning is in Danish but the conversation with Jason is in English. At Garn we encourage you to take a moment to watch the video, and then to click “Follow” on Twitter to keep up with Jason Box as he sends Tweets – analogous with striking a warning bell — on what is happening to the ice in Greenland and encouraging us, as he often does, to act now for the sake of our kids.


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