TJPD2.1 The Other Uncertainty: Social, Political, and Cultural Forms of Uncertainty in Weather Contexts. Panel Discussion I

Monday, 7 January 2019: 8:45 AM
North 226AB (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Heather Lazrus, NCAR, Boulder, CO; and J. Henderson and J. L. Demuth

Uncertainty pervades the prediction and experience of hazardous weather. Uncertainty emerges in the observations of weather, the development of weather models, the construction and communication of forecasts and warnings, the interpretation of forecasts and warnings, the diverse perceptions of weather risks, and in the complex process of responding to and recovering from hazardous weather. The uncertainty associated with meteorological processes and our knowledge of them is commonly considered and studied. Yet, there are myriad profound and entangled sources of individual, social, and cultural ambiguity that emerge, interact, operate, and propagate throughout the lifecycle of hazardous weather events which are far less understood. This session will comprise two panel discussions, sponsored by The Scholarly Borderlands initiative of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and in partnership with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Panelists will be comprised of an interdisciplinary, intersectoral, and international group of scholars representing fundamental and applied expertise. Panelists will include representatives from anthropology, hazards and disasters, judgment and decision making, risk communication, meteorology, public health, and science and technology studies.
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