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Project Title: Advancing Social and Behavioral Science Research and Application within the Weather Enterprise

PIN: DELS-BASCPR-15-04         

Major Unit:
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Division on Earth and Life Studies

Sub Unit:
Board on Atmospheric Sciences & Climate
Board on Environmental Change and Society
Board on Human-System Integration

Geller, Laurie

Subject/Focus Area:
Behavioral and Social Sciences; Environment and Environmental Studies

Information Gathering Workshop
December 1, 2016 - December 2, 2016
National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution NW
Washington D.C. 20148

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:

Contact Name: Erin Markovich
Phone: 2023342733


9:00 – 9:15 AM: Opening Remarks. The study co-Chairs (Ann Bostrom, Bill Hooke) and study sponsor representatives (Kim Klockow, Jen Sprague, NOAA; Roemer Alfelor, FHWA) will discuss the motivation and the goals for this study.

9:15 – 9:45 AM: Setting the stage: Understanding hazardous weather as a social process.
• Social science representatives (TBD), to briefly discuss: What sorts of social factors can turn hazardous weather into a true disaster? What sorts of decisions must people make in preparing for and responding to this weather hazard? What sorts of factors (social, economic, cultural) may affect those decisions?
• Phaedra Daipha [Rutgers Univ.], Jen Henderson [Virginia Tech.] to discuss: What sorts of social factors affect the actions and decisions of forecasters, and their interactions with other key actors in the weather ‘information chain’?

Panel discussions: Perspectives on how is SBS research is currently supported and used (and how it could be more effectively supported and used) across the weather enterprise. [tentative list of participants]

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
Panel 1: weather hazards with a relatively ‘short fuse’ for forecasts & warnings (e.g., flash floods, tornados)
• Steven Zubrick [LWX Weather Forecast Office]
• Kenneth Wall [FEMA National Capital Region]
• Nate Johnson [WRAL-tv. N. Carolina]
• Brenda Philips [Univ. of MA, Amherst]
• Michael Hinson [Howard Co. Emergency Management]

11:00 AM - 12:30 AM
Panel 2: weather hazards with a longer fuse for forecasts and warnings (e.g., winter storms, hurricanes)
• David Call [Ball State Univ, Dept. of Geography]
• Greg Carbin [NWS Forecast Operations Branch]
• Sandra Hawthorn [OPM, Emergency Management, Facilities, Security]
• Steve Lund [Minnesota DOT]
• Eli Jacks [NWS. Forecast Services Division]

12:30 – 1:30 PM: Lunch.

1:30 – 2:15 PM: Panel—Private sector perspectives (to discuss the potential for public/private partnerships to support SBS in the weather enterprise; to reflect on ideas raised in the morning discussions)
• Barry Myers, Accuweather
• Krista Rouse, The Weather Channel
• Chris Albrecht, Narwhal Group

2:15 – 3:00 PM: Panel – Learning from examples of how SBS research is supported and used in other contexts (beyond weather hazards)
• Keri Lubell, CDC [public health-related examples]
• Brooke Liu, Univ. of Maryland, START [terrorism-related examples]
• Irina Feygina, Climate Central [climate change communication examples]

3:00 – 3:15 PM: Break.

3:30 – 4:00 PM: Keynote: The science of effective communication and behavior change initiatives: Two guiding heuristics. Edward Maibach, GMU Center for Climate Change Communication

4:00 – 5:00 PM: ‘Townhall’ discussion, to allow all workshop participants to offer additional contributions to the discussion.

5:00 – 5:45 PM: Reception.

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
Ann Bostrom
Bill Hooke
Julie Demuth
David Budescu
Ellen Bass
Rick Nelson
Mike Eilts
John Toohey-Morales
Jackie Snelling
Chuck Manski
Yvette Richardson
Ray Ban
Joe Trainor

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
Information gathered during workshop, gaps in report writing, and writing assignments

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: March 20, 2017