Session 1 Transforming Communication through Co-Production of Knowledge

Monday, 8 January 2018: 8:45 AM-10:00 AM
Ballroom F (ACC) (Austin, Texas)
Host: 13th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice
Renee McPherson, Univ. of Oklahoma, South Central Climate Science Center, Norman, OK and Jennifer A. Spinney, Univ. of Western Ontario, Department of Anthropology, London, ON

As decision-makers prepare for a changing climate or weather extremes, they look to the research community for answers to local or regional questions. Boundary organizations, such as U.S. DOI Climate Science Centers, NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments programs, USDA Climate Hubs, state climate offices, and others, are positioned to address these challenges through co-production of knowledge with researchers and stakeholders. That is, researchers affiliated with these weather and climate boundary organizations are engaging decision-makers directly in the research process. But co-production requires both of these groups to transform their traditional methods of communication (or lack thereof) with one another. Many of these organizations have hired communications specialists to help translate science into decisions or have developed training and outreach events that bring stakeholders and researchers together. These actions have enhanced communications between both groups, ultimately leading to long-term partnerships, more actionable research products, and better understanding of research needs. This session seeks to highlight examples of projects that have benefited from co-production of knowledge with decision-makers and boundary organizations, what methods of communication between these groups have been effective, and how to educate the next generation of leaders in co-producing knowledge.

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Melissa A. Kenney, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD; and M. D. Gerst, A. E. Baer, A. Speciale, D. DeWitt, J. Gottschalck, and S. Handel
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