Stefan Rahmstorf – A Scientist’s Mind, and an Artist’s Eye

September 15, 2015

My new video is up at Yale Climate Connections.  I do hope you’ll take a look at this one.

Oceanographer Stefan Rahmstorf, of Germany’s Potsdam University, is known globally for his prolific output of scientific papers, and his high profile advocacy for the science of climate change. Dr. Rahmstorf is a founder of RealClimate, one of the Web’s first and most influential climate blogs.

Less well known is Dr. Rahmstorf’s passion and intensity as a photographer. Dr. Rahmstorf tells us in the video that “Science is about the rational mind, the dispassionate and the objective, whereas, photography to me is about the passionate and the subjective, and I couldn’t feel like a whole person if I was only developing the entirely rational part of myself.”

Rahmstorf describes a childhood trip with his parents to London, where, upon being given a small camera, “from the start I was thrilled by the possibilities of this, and immediately I had more ambition than just taking the usual holiday memory snapshots.” He goes on to detail some of his most important inspirations among great photographers, including Ansel Adams, Alfred Stieglitz, Dorothea Lange, and Minor White.

The video also follows Dr. Rahmstorf’s scientific explanation for the so-called “pause” in global surface temperatures, which he says is “only an illusion created by short term variability.” Climate skeptics who say that global temperature rise has paused, he says, “. . . are only confusing signal and noise.”


9 Responses to “Stefan Rahmstorf – A Scientist’s Mind, and an Artist’s Eye”

  1. timingila Says:

    Lovely and informative, Peter.

  2. Now you want an interview with a scientist for the BBC, use this guy. “Signal and noise”.

  3. Delightful. And pertinent. Thank you.

  4. redskylite Says:

    Thanks for showing us another aspect of the great professor, oceanographer and climatologist. A very interesting profile and insight.

  5. I work with many PhD students and scientists who also indulge in their creative, emotive sides e.g. musicians, singers, photographers (including myself). It’s absolutely necessary I think to maintain a sane connection to the rest of the world!

  6. Mark Ryan Says:

    terrific video, Peter and Stefan!

  7. Mark Ryan Says:

    It’s so nice to see a video about climate which has a calming effect.

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