[pccgrads] PCC 593: Snover on "To what end? Communicating climate change to build climate resilience" Tue 3/3 at 3:30

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PCC 593: Perspectives in Communicating Climate Science

Our last seminar of the quarter. All are welcome.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

3:30-4:20

in OCN 425



Guest: Amy Snover, Director of the Climate Impacts Group and Assistant Dean
for Applied Research in the University of Washington's College of the
Environment

Title: "To what end? Communicating climate change to build climate
resilience"

Abstract: For twenty years, the UW Climate Impacts Group has worked to bring
scientific information about climate change to the public sector managers
and decision makers who will bear significant responsibility for coping with
its local manifestations. Operating within specific legal, regulatory, and
fiduciary constraints, influenced by public opinion, and accountable to
specific stakeholders, these players' willingness and ability to incorporate
the "uncertain" projections of future climate into their decision making
will significantly influence society's future resilience. Communicating with
these decision-makers aims - at different times and in different contexts -
to stimulate awareness, facilitate analysis of consequences, and,
ultimately, support action on climate change preparedness and risk
reduction. This means that communicating to build climate resilience
involves not only assembling, interpreting, translating and delivering
state-of-the-science understanding about evolving climate risks, but working
with practitioners to develop approaches for applying climate information in
their work today. Two key challenges for communicators in this domain are:
navigating the persistent tension between the limits of scientific
understanding and decision-makers' desire for certainty and coping with the
increased demand for scientific certainty as an antidote to political
polarization around climate change.

Bio
Amy Snover is the Director of the Climate Impacts Group and Assistant Dean
for Applied Research in the University of Washington's College of the
Environment. As both Assistant Dean and Director, she connects science and
decision making to tackle today's pressing environmental challenges. With
the Climate Impacts Group, Amy works to build resilience to climate
variability and change by linking cutting edge science with the real needs
of resource managers, planners and policy makers. She works with a broad
range of stakeholders to develop science-based climate change planning and
adaptation guidance, identify research priorities, and advise on strategies
for building climate resilience. Current areas of research include defining
successful climate change adaptation, exploring the role of cities in
adaptation and identifying the time of emergence of management-relevant
aspects of climate change. Amy was a convening lead author for the Third US
National Climate Assessment and lead author of the groundbreaking 2007
guidebook, Preparing for Climate Change: A Guidebook for Local, Regional,
and State Governments, with over 3000 copies now in use worldwide. She has a
BA in Chemistry from Carleton College and a PhD in Analytical/Environmental
Chemistry from the University of Washington.

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Seminar Coordinator: Miriam Bertram, uwpcc at uw.edu

Seminar Coordinator: Miriam Bertram, uwpcc at uw.edu

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