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Looking for a few good authors…

November 9th, 2006 by Sean Davis · 3 Comments

Hello Friends,

I am writing you today because I am seeking your help in making this blog a useful tool for keeping up to date with research in our field, and providing a relatively informal forum for discussion, questions, and criticisms of contemporary work. As with all of you, I am a busy person, and finding the time to write well thought out blog entries has been difficult. Because of this, and the fact that there has not been an overwhelming amount of discussion via the blog comment posts, I am hoping to kick start this blog by recruiting some new authors who can commit to writing a blog entry once every month or two.

I can tell you from personal experience that writing blog posts for this blog has been a good experience, as it has forced me to read for better comprehension and motivated me to read articles that I might have otherwise never gotten around to. In addition, I believe that participation in a scientific blog such as this may be a good addition to ones education credentials, and is a good way to introduce yourself to other scientists.

If this sounds interesting to you and you are at all apprehensive about the thought of blogging, please don’t be. The process is incredibly easy — I give you a log in, and you use the online editor to write/edit your blog (or copy/paste your post into the editor). All you have to do is read an article and distill it for readers at an appropriate level, or post something about ideas you’ve had or research you’re working on.

Finally, please email me if you are interested or have questions about potentially being an author of “Head in a Cloud”.


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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Hank Roberts // Nov 18, 2006 at 11:54 am

    Could you invite authors of recent publications to come post and comment on their work? Or someone else to comment on items?

    This for example, from the recent
    GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, VOL. 33, L21811, doi:10.1029/2006GL027403, 2006
    …. based on observations extending over a period of six years (2000–2005) from …(MODIS) and…(CERES) over the Tropics (25°S–25°N). The cloud radiative effect (CRE) shows a positive sign for optically thin cirrus (total-column cloud optical depth: Ï„ 60%), their net effective CRE (net CRE × cloud amount) is roughly twice as strong as that of thicker clouds……

  • 2 Sean D // Nov 21, 2006 at 10:59 am

    Thats a great idea, Hank. I hope to get authors of current papers to post on them. This is an interesting paper you’ve brought up.

  • 3 Steve Bloom // Dec 9, 2006 at 5:19 pm

    Unless I’m seriously misreading the implications of the abstract, this GRL paper from earlier this year seems important. I can’t read the paper itself yet (finally bought a sub but it doesn’t kick in until 1/1/07), so maybe there’s something I’m missing. Were these results surprising?

    Hopefully you’re making progress on the author recruitment. It’s an obvious thought, but it sounds to me as if the AGU fall meeting would be a good recruitment opportunity.

    A couple other thoughts:

    Your posts are very well done, but are so complete that they don’t seem to invite a lot of questions. I think some posts on cloud science “breaking news” would generate more interaction; the item listed above might be a good example of this. I notice that papers like this very often say nothing about their wider implications, and if they do it’s often not in the abstract, plus of course the abstracts are often not well-written.

    I wonder if RC would be interested in accepting at least some of your stuff as cross-posts? Sometimes more than a week goes by over there with no posts at all, so it seems as if they would have the space.

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