EGU General Assembly 2020
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Your collective timeline of climate science history

Benoît Tournadre and Mélodie Trolliet
Benoît Tournadre and Mélodie Trolliet
  • MINES ParisTech, PSL University, O.I.E. - Centre Observation, Impacts, Energy, 06904 Sophia Antipolis, France (

EGU General Assembly is one of the world’s biggest conferences dedicated to geosciences. It gathers experts from all science fields connected to the study of past, present and future climates. Many of them have an historic perspective on their area of expertise: such knowledge is useful to develop an integrated view of the history of climate sciences.

We propose EGU2020 attendees to help building a collective timeline of the history of climate science. Everyone is invited to come to our poster to add to the printed timeline a scientific breakthrough in her/his field of expertise. This will be an opportunity to come to chat on climate science history and to construct together a wider picture of climate sciences.

The final cut of the timeline produced during EGU2020 will be available on our web page EarthBreath (, and our Twitter english (@eb_climate_data) and french (@eb_climat_fr) accounts.

EarthBreath is a non-profit initiative that we develop for promoting climate and Earth sciences to diverse publics.

How to cite: Tournadre, B. and Trolliet, M.: Your collective timeline of climate science history, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-3526,, 2020

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  • CC1: History of Climate Science, Bärbel Winkler, 07 May 2020

    Hi Benoit & Melodie!

    Great ongoing project you set up here! Not sure if you are only interested to hear directly from climate scientists or if some existing work might come in handy? If the latter is true, than the History of Climate Science we have published on Skeptical Science might be helpful:

    A couple of years ago one of our team members also created an interactive version of it:

    Please let me know if you have any questions!

    • AC1: Reply to CC1, Benoit Tournadre, 07 May 2020

      Hi Bärbel!

      Yes I know the timeline of Skeptical Science (I personally learnt much it, and in general with SkS!). Still, we would like to focus on feedbacks from people who are behind the science of climate. This is why there are definitely some significant lacks (Tyndall, Revelle...). Would you have a link for the interactive timeline you mentioned?


      • CC2: Reply to AC1, Bärbel Winkler, 07 May 2020

        Hi Benoit,

        thanks for your quick reply! Here is the "missing link":



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  • CC1: Comment on EGU2020-3526, Sam Illingworth, 05 May 2020

    This is such a cool inititaive, and the website looks ace! Do you think that certain voices have been excluded from the narrative and how do you think diversity is accounted for?

    • AC1: Reply to CC1, Mélodie Trolliet, 05 May 2020

      Dear Sam,
      Thank you for your interest and your comment!
      Do you think about voices excluded in the process of building the timeline, or excluded in the global history of climate science, forgotten in a certain sense?
      If your question is about the process of building the timeline, let's say that at this point, it is certain that some voices have been excluded. However, this is an ongoing projet, and we would be interested in all relevant contributions from climate experts to contribute to this project. The point of this project is to share and exchange about all of this great moment of the science, so it could not be frozen at any moment.

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