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New Trends in Earth-Science Outreach and Engagement

The Nature of Communication

Drake, Jeanette L., Kontar, Yekaterina Y., Rife, Gwynne S. (Eds.)

2014, XXVIII, 244 p. 49 illus., 47 illus. in color.

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  • Up-to-the-minute context of environmental hazards, new technologies & political landscape
  • By geoscientists for geoscientists working with social scientists and communication principles
  • Underpinned by key communication theories and interspersed with pragmatic solutions
  • Crosses traditional boundaries: international, interdisciplinary, theoretical/applied

Perhaps just as perplexing as the biggest issues at the core of Earth science is the nature of communicating about nature itself. New Trends in Earth-Science Outreach and Engagement: The Nature of Communication examines the processes of communication necessary in bridging the chasm between climate change and natural hazard knowledge and public opinion and policy. At this junction of science and society, 17 chapters take a proactive and prescriptive approach to communicating with the public, the media, and policy makers about the importance of Earth science in everyday life.

Book chapters come from some 40 authors who are geophysical scientists, social scientists, educators, scholars, and professionals in the field. Bringing diverse perspectives, these authors hail from universities, and research institutes, government agencies, non-profit associations, and corporations. They represent multiple disciplines, including geosciences, education, climate science education, environmental communication, and public policy. They come from across the United States and around the world. Arranged into five sections, the book looks at geosciences communication in terms of:

1) Education
2) Risk management
3) Public discourse
4) Engaging the public
5) New media

From case studies and best practices to field work and innovations, experts deliver pragmatic solutions and delve into significant theories, including diffusion, argumentation, and constructivism, to name a few.

Intended for environmental professionals, researchers, and educators in the geophysical and social sciences, the book emphasizes communication principles and practices within an up-to-the-minute context of new environmental issues, new technologies, and a new focus on resiliency.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Communicating Climate Change - Communicating Environmental Geoscience - Natural Hazards Communication - Public Affairs and Geoscience Communication - Science Policy and Public Outreach

Related subjects » Earth System Sciences - Environmental Sciences - Geography - Media Management - Natural Hazards

Table of contents 




Part I – Framing Climate Change

1  Assessing Corporate Influence on Climate Change Dialogue Gretchen Goldman, Francesca Grifo, Paul Rogerson & Benjamin L. Gutman

Reaching Out Beyond the “Usual Suspects” and Traditional Media
Geoffrey Haines-Stiles, Richard B. Alley & Erna Akuginow

3  Investigating the Connections Between Oil and Gas Industry Affiliation and Climate Change Concerns
Susan Schrader, Chris Danielson & Scyller Borglum

Part II – The Role of Science in the Conversation

4  Science Communication and the Legal System 
Danny Cullenward & David Weiskopf

5  Reduction of Conflicts in Mining Using Good Neighbor Agreements 
Alexandra Masaitis & Glenn C. Miller

6  Science Communication and Tension Between Evidence-Based and Inclusive Features of Policy Making
Sarah Michaels, John Holmes & Louise Shaxson

7  Science Communication and Role of Scientists in Public Discussion
Kristan Uhlenbrock, Elizabeth Landau & Erik Hankin

Part III – Friending Earth via Social Media

8  Transmedia Storytelling in Science Communication
Kevin Moloney & Marijke Unger

9  Interpreting Earth Science in a Museum Environment
Simon Schneider & Gilla Simon

 Impacts of Geospatial Information for Decision Making
Francoise Pearlman, Richard Bernknopf, Mary Ann Stewart & Jay S. Pearlman

Part IV – STEMming the Tide of Science Illiteracy

11  Infusing Climate and Energy Literacy Throughout the Curriculum
Minda Berbeco & Mark McCaffrey

12  Enticing Students to Pursue STEM-related Careers Through Cyber-Driven Learning
Gwynne S. Rife & Julie McIntosh

13  Writing Assignments in Disguise: Lessons Learned Using Video Projects in the Classroom 
Philip D. Wade & Arlene Courtney 

Part V – Organization for Resources and Resiliency

14  Stakeholder-Driven Research for Climate Adaptation in New York City
Nir Y. Krakauer

15  Funding of Geosciences: Coordinating National and International Resources
Bente Lilja Bye & Kathleen S. Fontaine

16  A Real-Time Data Product Creation and Distribution System: Bringing Big Data’s Benefit to the Public
Michael D. Haderman, Adam N. Pasch, Timothy S. Dye,  Alan C. Chan, Dianne S. Miller, John E. White & Philip G. Dickerson

17  Trusted Sources: The Role Scientific Societies Play in Informing Public 
Christine McEntee

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