This course will provide participants with an overview of the current state of knowledge about Earth’s climate system, how climate is projected to change this century, practical implications of these projections for different socioeconomic sectors, and the basics how effective communication and engagement can help mobilize your organization for action. Attendees will learn how to use climate projections to identify climate related risks and vulnerabilities, and understand how science-based information and tools are being used for strategic planning. Participants will go through an interactive demonstration to apply what they have learned throughout the course.

Learning Objectives

  • Distinguishing between weather, climate variability, and climate change
  • Describing observed recent decadal-scale changes in climate and their impacts
  • Paraphrasing types and trends in climate forcings, their relative importance, and uncertainty
  • Summarizing projected climate changes and how climate projections are made
  • Explaining some major impacts of projected climate change and their corresponding uncertainty
  • Understanding public opinion about climate change and effectively communicate about climate science to different audiences
  • Classifying public opinion based on  scientific studies to select communication strategies

Course Architects

  • Phil Duffy – Senior Advisor, U.S. Global Change Research Program, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • David Herring – Director of Communications & Education, NOAA Climate Program Office, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Rich Jeffries – Director of the COMET® Program, UCAR
  • Kathy Jacobs – Professor, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, University of Arizona
  • Rachael Jonassen – Professor, George Washington University
  • Dwane Jones – Director of the Center for Sustainable Development, University of the District of Columbia
  • Paul Kirshen – Research Prof., Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of New Hampshire
  • Marni Koopman – Climate Change Scientist, GEOS Institute
  • Donna LaSala – Professor, Presidio Graduate School
  • Caroline Lewis – Founder & Executive Director, The CLEO Institute
  • Ed Maibach – Director, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University
  • Rawlings Miller – Technical Specialist, ICF International
  • Paul Wagner – Senior Ecologist and Branch Chief, Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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