Session 12B Communicating Climate Change

Thursday, 10 January 2019: 8:30 AM-9:30 AM
North 122BC (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Host: 32nd Conference on Climate Variability and Change
Mike Nelson, KMGH-TV, Denver, CO

Communicating climate change information to the public and to policy makers can be a challenge.  Although climate scientists thoroughly understand the processes, conveying the information to non-scientists may leave them confused.  Broadcast meteorologists specialize in presenting complex issues to the public in a concise and easy to understand manner. Although we are not the foremost experts in the science, perhaps we can provide examples of best practices for explaining climate science to the public and to politicians.  We also welcome abstracts focusing on communicating climate science to young people.

8:45 AM
Stability and Instability in Individual Beliefs about Climate Change
Hank Jenkins-Smith, Univ. of Oklahoma, Norman, OK; and J. T. Ripberger, C. Silva, and W. W. Wehde
9:00 AM
Transforming Climate Data into Climate Information Products for Communication—The Copernicus Climate Change Service Experience
Freja Vamborg, ECMWF, Reading, UK; and P. Berrisford, C. Bergeron, C. Buontempo, D. Dee, H. Hersbach, I. Rozum, A. Simmons, and J. N. Thépaut
9:15 AM
Statistical Downscaling over Illinois Using Self-Organizing Maps
Andrew Polasky, The Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA; and H. L. Hamilton, J. L. Evans, and J. D. Fuentes
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