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January 12, 2016 / Damien Irving

Podcasting comes to weather and climate science

Over the past few years, podcasts have begun to emerge as the next great storytelling platform. The format is open to anyone with a laptop, a microphone, and access to the web, which means it’s kind of like blogging, only your audience isn’t restricted to consuming your content via words on a screen. They can listen to you in the car on the way to work, on the stationary bike at the gym or at any other time a little background noise is needed to pass the time away.

While I’m as excited as the next podcast enthusiast about the new season of Serial, what’s even more exciting is that a number of podcasts for weather and climate science nerds have been launched in recent months. These ones have really caught my ear:

  • Forecast: Climate Conversations with Michael White – a podcast about climate science and climate scientists, hosted by Nature’s editor for climate science
  • Mostly Weather – a team from the MetOffice explores a new, mostly weather based topic each month
  • Climate History Podcast – interviews with people in climate change research, journalism, and policymaking. It is the official podcast of the Climate History Network and the popular website HistoricalClimatology.com
  • Breaking the Ice – a series of intimate conversations with the people behind climate science, hosted by HuffPost reporter Anthony Sharwood
  • Royal Meteorological Society Podcast
  • The Method – an open source, peer reviewed podcast about the state of science
  • (Depending on where you live, a Google Search might also turn up a weekly podcast or two that discusses the current weather in your region)

There’s also a number of data science podcasts out there, which can be useful depending on the type of data analysis that you do. I’ve found some of the Talk Python to Me episodes to be very relevant to my daily work.

If you know of any other great weather and climate science podcasts, please share the details in the comments below!

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