Session 3 Rhetoric and Understanding of Risk in Weather and Climate Contexts

Tuesday, 8 January 2019: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
North 226C (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Host: 14th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice
Kimberly E. Klockow-McClain, CIMMS, NSSL, Norman, OK

What strategies and tactics, modes, and media are most effective at convincing us of danger? The language and rhetorical contexts of disaster risk shape our understandings and judgments about what threats we should consider, take seriously, and act on. This session highlights different dimensions of political, social, and organizational elements of rhetoric and its effects on comprehension, influence, and response.

10:45 AM
Rhetoric and Climate Science: Organizational Influence on Public Policy Related to Hurricane Harvey
Joseph E. Trujillo, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX; and C. Conrad
11:00 AM
Clouded Judgment: Does Political Partisanship Influence Audience Perceptions of Weather Information?
Jeremy L. Shermak, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

11:15 AM
The Rhetorical Storm of Uncertainty in Severe Weather Communication
Zoey Rosen, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO; and J. L. Demuth
11:30 AM
Tornado Warning Reception, Comprehension, and Response across County Warning Areas in United States
Joseph T. Ripberger, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK; and J. N. Allan, W. W. Wehde, M. Krocak, C. Silva, and H. Jenkins-Smith
11:45 AM
Report from Ad Hoc Committee on Naming Winter Storms
Gary S. Szatkowski, NWS (Retired), Hainesport, NJ; and A. M. Rainear

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