Science communication: Two new video publications from MPI-M

Two scientists, Dr. Claudia Stephan and Prof. Bjorn Stevens of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), have taken part in a science communication project initiated by a Hamburg start-up called Latest Thinking in cooperation with the Max Planck Society. The project involves the production of short videos to explain recently published research. The videos are designed to present information in a manner that makes it comprehensible to a wide, albeit English speaking, audience. Videos target students, researchers in related disciplines but also the interested public.

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Two scientists, Dr. Claudia Stephan and Prof. Bjorn Stevens of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), have taken part in a science communication project initiated by a Hamburg start-up called Latest Thinking in cooperation with the Max Planck Society. The project involves the production of short videos to explain recently published research. The videos are designed to present information in a manner that makes it comprehensible to a wide, albeit English speaking, audience. Videos target students, researchers in related disciplines but also the interested public.

To achieve their goal, the videos adopt a special, conversational, format for the direct dissemination of research results. The interviews are supplemented by simple but evocative graphics and suggestions for further reading. Through this approach, Latest Thinking aims to present the latest cutting-edge research in a way that non-experts and lay people can understand, thereby complementing the traditional (written) form of science communication. For clarity and understandability, all videos follow a standardized structure built around five sub-sections: research question, method, findings, relevance and outlook.

The videos by Dr. Stephan and Prof. Stevens shed light on clouds and their significance for the climate. It has, at least up until now, generally been thought that patterns of cloudiness are controlled by large scale weather systems and large scale atmospheric circulations. Research by Stevens and by Stephan (and their co-authors) show how small and intermediate scales of motion substantially pattern fields, adding a new piece to the puzzle of cloud-controlling factors. Dr. Stephan’s research further suggests that relationships between clouds and atmospheric waves can provide important insight into, and ultimately improve, weather and climate modeling.

The videos
Video Prof. Bjorn Stevens “How Cloudy Is the Earth?”
Video Dr. Claudia Stephan “Why and How Do Clouds Form In Particular Locations?”

More information
Website Latest Thinking

Contact

Prof. Dr. Bjorn Stevens
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Email: bjorn.stevens@we dont want spammpimet.mpg.de

Dr. Claudia Stephan
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Email: claudia.stephan@we dont want spammpimet.mpg.de