Session 4 Best Practices of Building and Being a Trusted Climate Communicator

Wednesday, 9 January 2019: 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
North 224A (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Host: 24th Conference on Applied Climatology
Katy Vincent Matthews, NOAA/NESDIS/National Centers for Environmental Information, Asheville, NC

Research tells us that climate data and information is better received from a “trusted messenger.” But what makes one a trusted messenger? As climate information providers and communicators, we use sociology, communications and marketing tools to increase "circle of trust" when conveying climate information. These practices help ensure climate information is reaching customers, users, and the general public. This session topic will focus on highlight techniques in communicating climate that meet their audience where their audience is. Abstracts submitted for this session should focus on at least one of the following: 1. strategies used to build your ability as a trusted climate communicator and to reach your audience 2. communication and marketing tools used to help you understand your audience and increase the chances that they will be receptive to your message. 3. how relationship building with other experts who are already considered to be trusted sources for groups can help to increase your reach.

3:30 PM
Assessing and Communicating Climate Variability and Its Impacts on DoD Operations
Raymond B. Kiess, AWS, Asheville, NC; and J. D. Jackson and B. D. Mundhenk
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