A while ago, commenter and now guest blogger Steve Bloom offered to visit the 2014 American Geophysical Union's Fall Meeting, starting tomorrow and ending on Friday, and report for the ASIB on interesting presentations concerning the Arctic.
Unfortunately the AGU Public Information Office has turned down our request for a press pass, even though the Arctic Sea Ice Blog seems to fulfil all the requirements for press credentials. This was somewhat surprising, disappointing even, also given the AGU's wish to "convey understanding clearly and accurately, both to decision makers and to the general public", as expressed in last year's AGU position statement on climate change. What better way than letting the general public report on their Fall Meeting? Or at least the Arctic part of it.
I figured it would be a real shame to miss out on Steve's offer, especially as winter is a quiet time on the ASIB, and so I decided to pay for his entry to the entire meeting, hoping the good folks of the AGU Public Information Office change their minds in the meantime and issue a press pass après la lettre.
It seems their major objection is that Steve hasn't written any official guest blogs yet for the ASIB, despite his comments sometimes amounting to the same, and despite Steve being a veteran and prolific commenter in the climate blogosphere, always linking to relevant science. In short, it's a case of chicken and egg.
Well, that egg is showing its first cracks. Steve will start reporting on the AGU Fall Meeting, as of tomorrow, and then follow that up with some summaries in weeks to come. In the meantime he has asked me to post the following text: