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Welcome to Ricky Rood's Climate Change Blog Repository

This site contains the full collection of Ricky Rood's blogs as originally written for Weather Underground and These blogs have been organized by various subjects to allow for better searching. Maybe it is not really in the spirit of a blog, but, you know, it might be useful. Click the pretty picture to enter the search.


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About Ricky Rood


I'm a professor at U of Michigan and lead a course on climate change and how it interplays with business, and policy, and ... It's a course on Climate Change Problem solving. These blogs largely follow from that course. For more information on me, please see my personal page at UoM.Logo Design Contest

About the Blogs

All of the blogs are located on the Browse Blogs page of this site. There they are listed alphabetically by search result, starting with the full listing. To narrow down the selection of blogs for a specific interest, select the attributes you wish to apply. Once an attribute is selected, only the relevant blogs will be listed. If the selection contains multiple attributes, you may narrow your search further. To remove an item from your search, click the "x" mark next to the search term you wish to remove.

On each blog page a link (URL) is provided to the text of the blog. At the bottom of each blog page is a listing of all possible attributes and any attributes that apply to the selected blog will be displayed with a link to the right. These links direct you to the listing of all blogs under the selected attribute.

Your Help

The purpose of assigning attributes to each blog is to assist you, the readers, researchers, and decision makers, in finding the best information that is available on this site. This is especially useful when searching under multiple attributes. I encourage everyone to take part in defining each blog with attributes so that the blog database is as complete as possible. To assign attributes to a blog, go to the "edit with form" tab at the top of the blog page and check any applicable attributes. With your help the community of users will be able to more effectively find information.

Notes to Administrators

Adding Blogs

To add a blog page, go to Special pages:Forms and select the Blog Page form. Simply enter the title of the blog (and therefore blog page name) in the box and select "add or edit". You will then be directed to the form for this blog. Fill in the information and save.

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In the interface to blog search you will see a set of human-interface categories (as opposed to Mediawiki definition of category) for example, "Conferences." Within "Conferences" there is the name of several conferences. In the language of the Mediawiki drilldown, "Conferences" is a "Filter" or a "Property." The name of the particular conferences are "values." We call these values "attributes" in the following instructions.

In the Mediawiki definition, the categories is "Blogs," and the "Filters" and "values" belong to this category. Therefore, on the "Category" page you define the "Filter," and on the "Filter" page you define the "Value."

Creating New Attributes

If you want to add an attribute to the form to an already existing field (a field is the property - example:Natural Variability) find the correct field and add the attribute to the "values=" list (this can be added in any order).

Go to Special Pages, Forms, Blog_Page and edit Blog_Page and add in "values" in correct field.

Go directly to Blog_Page

Creating New Fields & Attributes

If you want to make a new field, first go to the template, called "Blog", in Special Pages and add the new field using the same formatting of an already existing field. There are two places where this must be done:

  • in the upper section of the template:
  • and within the field definition section below (maintain the order of fields as in the first part):

The new field definition must also be added to the form using the syntax of other form fields.

  • in Special pages go to Forms and then select the "Blog Page" form.
  • click the "edit" tab
  • scroll down to where the properties are defined and in the same order as you entered on the template, insert the new field using the same formatting as the others (exmaple below)

A new property must be defined. In "Special Pages," under "Semantic Forms," select "Create a Property." Our convention is to name it the same as the newfield. Form name "Blogs" was added. The property was of type "page."

Lastly, you must define a new filter and add this to the category page.

  • in Special pages, scroll down to "Semantic Drilldown" and select "Create a filter"
  • enter the name (same as new property name, e.g. newfield) and select the same property in the dropdown
  • go back to Special pages and under "List of pages" select "categories" and then "Blogs"
  • click the "edit" tab
  • in the correct order add the filter (same name as the new property you created)

When you create a new blog page or edit an old one, the new property and attributes will appear when you "edit with form". The filter should also appear now when you browse the database.

Note: For the new field to be displayed on previously made pages, the page must be re-saved (go to edit tab and save).