Scope of the workshop (Eric Barron)

The workshop will examine methods of communicating uncertainties in the provision of weather and climate information. The workshop will examine several case studies to illuminate the various issues associated with the proper communication of weather and climate forecasts. The workshop will examine the nature of the forecasts, the methods of determining uncertainties, and the communication of those uncertainties. It will also examine the public reaction and response to the events and explore successes and failures of the communication process.

Science Communications Framework for Environment Canada (Presentation by Richard Anthes)

In 1998 Environment Canada’s Science and Technology (S&T) Advisory Board focused on science communications as an area for attention and advice to their Deputy Minister. The Advisory Board initiated a lessons-learned analysis of science communications associated with key environmental issues faced by Environment Canada in the past and used this analysis as input for the development of this science communications framework, which also includes recommendations for future action. A working group co-chaired by two Environment Canada Advisory Board members, Peter Calamai and Richard Anthes, was established to oversee the preparation of this document and to formulate key recommendations for discussion by the S&T Advisory Board.

General Considerations in Communications (Discussion led by Robert Ryan)

Over the past 5 to 10 years weather and weather- and climate related stories have become a leading theme and topic for local, national, cable, and other media news sources. Various media surveys of viewers and listeners show that the number one reason people watch local television news programs (at most times), seek information on the Internet, or listen to radio is to get weather forecasts and information.

6:00 P.M.

Reception hosted by Bob and Susan Gagosian, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Clark Building, Room 507

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