NE CSC Fellow, Ethan Coffel recently attended a workshop hosted by the South Central CSC on communication, policy, and outreach. Ethan's research involves climate models and extreme weather events and human systems. He also has a strong interest in communications and public outreach, and writes for Northwestern's Science in Society Blog. Here's what Ethan says about his experience at the workshop:
"I attended a workshop hosted by the South Central CSC on climate change communication last week in Dallas, TX. There were about 25 participants from across the country, representing all of the CSC’s except for the Pacific islands. We heard seven presentations from communications and policy researchers on the current state of public opinion concerning climate change, the climate denial movement, and how climate science has become a political position issue. During breaks and at lunch, we discussed our research and strategies for communicating our work to the public and the media. The workshop was an excellent experience for me – I met potential future collaborators and I gained a better understanding of what communications research can tell us about public opinion and how to change it. I will work to incorporate this knowledge into my outreach efforts in the future."