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We are Gavin Schmidt and Reto Ruedy, of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and on Wed., Jan. 20 we released our analysis that found 2015 was the warmest year --- by a lot --- in the modern record. Ask Us Anything!
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Hi Reddit! My name is Gavin Schmidt. I am a climate scientist and Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. I work on understanding past, present and future climate change and on the development and evaluations of coupled climate models. I have over 100 peer-reviewed publications and am the co-author with Josh Wolfe of “Climate Change: Picturing the Science,” a collaboration between climate scientists and photographers. In 2011, I was fortunate to be awarded the inaugural AGU Climate Communications Prize and was also the EarthSky Science communicator of the year. I tweet at @ClimateOfGavin. My name is Reto Ruedy and I am a mathematician working as a Scientific Programmer/Analyst at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies. I joined the team that developed the GISS climate model in 1976, and have been in charge of the technical aspects of the GISS temperature analysis for the past 25 years. You can read more about the NASA 2015 temperature analysis here (or here, here, or here). You can also check out the NOAA analysis — which also found 2015 was the warmest year on record. We’ll be online at 1 pm EST (10 am PST, 6 pm UTC) to answer your questions — Ask Us Anything! UPDATE: Gavin and Reto are on live now (1:00 pm EST) Looking forward to the conversation. UPDATE: 2:02 pm EST - Gavin and Reto have signed off. Thank you all so much for taking part!