Michael Mann Gets Hans Oeschger Medal

Here's the press release:

Mann to receive Hans Oeschger Medal from European Geosciences Union

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Michael Mann, professor of meteorology and geosciences and director, Earth System Science Center, Penn State, was awarded the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union.

The medal was established in 2001 in recognition of the scientific achievements of Hans Oeschger to honor outstanding scientists whose work is related to climate: past, present and future.

Mann's research involves the use of theoretical models and observational data to better understand Earth's climate system. He is best known for the "hockey stick," a chart he and his co-authors published in 1999 using proxy climate data such as tree-rings and ice cores to estimate temperatures over the past thousand years. The hockey stick demonstrated that temperatures had risen with the increase in industrialization and use of fossil fuels and is the subject of Mann's new book, "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines," due out in early 2012.

Mann received his undergraduate degrees in physics and applied math from the University of California at Berkeley, a master's degree in physics and a doctorate in geology and geophysics from Yale University. He was a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report and has served as chair for the National Academy of Sciences "Frontiers of Science." In 2007 he shared the Nobel Prize with other IPCC lead authors.

He will receive his award during the General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union, April 22-27, 2012, in Vienna, Austria. Mann will also present a Medal Lecture during the conference.

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Congrats to Michael Mann.

(Raises beer and toasts his health.)

To Mike Mann and his climatologist colleagues, I don't know if you'll ever see this but I really hope you do. Because I want to tell all those climatologists working in this area struggling valiently to understand what's happening to our planetary climate regarding Human Induced rapid Global Overheating (or Global warming as others generally call it) and its likely path into the future that you have my respect and my admiration and my thanks.

I know you face death threats from the gibbering idiots out there just for doing your jobs and doing them well. I know you have had your patience tested and your words and integrity rudely tediously, ceaselessly questioned by ignorami driven by ideology who wouldn't know good science and reality if it kicked them in the groin.

I think the persecution of Mike Mann by Ken Cuccinelli and others has been an inexcusable disgrace and that its long since time people gave as much respect to NASA's top climatologists they do to NASA's top rocket scientists and flight surgeons.

If any climate scientists are reading this comment - please pass on my thanks and appreciation to your colleagues and reassure them all that there's a truckload of people are out there willing to listen and cheering you on. I'm just one of them.

Thankyou again & best regards :

- Stevo Raine

Yay, valiant climate scientists! Boo, denier scum!