"Up in the Air" - A Climate and Weather Enterprise Television Broadcast

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014
Hall C3 (The Georgia World Congress Center )
Dakota C. Smith, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA; and P. Knight, M. Fish, and R. Breton

Communication of climate information and the dynamic between the climate-weather enterprise and the business community is growing in importance. To improve and enhance this communication among students, the Penn State Meteorology department has developed a new television broadcast titled “Up in the Air”. Up in the Air is a fifteen-minute production that airs weekly on Centre County's Government and Education Access Television Network. All of the content on Up in the Air is created by students. Several meteorology classes have introduced video productions that air on the show as part of their curriculum. Along with class-produced content, a core group of student producers manage, edit, and host the show. The foundation of the content focuses on climate science and the weather enterprise. The purpose of the show is to train meteorology students among various career interests in the creation and presentation of timely useful vignettes for broadcast on a local television station. One season of Up in the Air has already been produced, with plans in place to create a second and third season over the next two academic semesters.