92nd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (January 22-26, 2012)

Monday, 23 January 2012
Climate Literacy Syllabus Challenges for Select Private Sector Decision Makers
Hall E (New Orleans Convention Center )
Jenny Dissen, NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC/CICS, Asheville, NC; and K. Vincent and T. Houston

The manifestations of a changing climate and its impact across various industries are being recognized by many private enterprise decision-makers. The need for industry decision makers to grow their education and understanding is increasing as the adaptation and mitigation dialog moves forward. The necessity for education for the executive-level audience spans a diverse set of topics, ranging from the complex interdisciplinary interaction of the Earth system, the threats and opportunities of a changing climate and the tools and services available in the marketplace to address their operational challenges. A number of questions arise when developing a literacy strategy or an education syllabus to target this audience: What are examples of specific adaptation strategies?, How does one establish their understanding of climate risks, opportunities, and adaptation measures?, What are monitoring and evaluation systems available in the marketplace?, and How does one develop a risk profile and appetite. ?This presentation aims to address the approaches one can take in developing a literacy tactic on climate change adaptation for the private sector decision maker community.

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