Most scientists, especially climate scientists, know next to nothing about what is actually happening in computing.
Most computer people, even academics, know next to nothing about what climate people consider standard practice.
The gap is enormous. You'd think someone who speaks both languages might be able to get some steady work... The trouble is that the customer still has very little idea of what is possible and the vendor still has very little idea what is needed. I'm trying to occupy a middleman position that neither side perceives quite rightly. It's not at all certain that I'll get to do that in any official capacity.
Failing that I will have more time and less resources, but I'll probably have a climate modeling project anyway, probably with a more didactic spin.
Anyway I'm going to be starting to look to my readership for advice or assistance. How do I keep my science gig going (small inputs of reasonably relevant funding through academic channels in the near term would be hugely helpful) else how do I keep myself doing something useful if the science thing sputters out again. Any advice welcome here or in email.
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