An article that explores the idea of “the perception gap” to describe why we are overly cautious about certain risks and seemingly less concerned about other significant dangers, such as climate change.
A book on the importance of pre-disaster communication to inform communities about risk factors and response plans, including case studies that highlight how communities have carried out public awareness campaigns to prepare for public disasters.
A journal article on how the factors that influence one's perception of risk, such as recent personal experience or an event's probability, affect risk management decisions and how the abstract and delayed nature of climate change fails to elicit visceral reactions.
A survey of Americans' personal experience with global warming and weathercasters' observations of climate impacts to understand how we process risk information and if our perceptions match climatic data.
This study describes how our mental models lead to biases when confronted with complex systems like climate and asserts that we need new modes of communication that include interactive simulations to convey risk.
This article discusses how scientists' communication of uncertainty is often misinterpreted or exaggerated as well as the challenges associated with presenting data to the public on complex risks and scenarios that are difficult to quantify.
Drawing from a collection of case studies, the book is a guide for emergency managers, policy makers and community officials on how to develop stakeholder partnerships and build effective disaster-planning processes to reduce the risks of climate change.
Climate Access is an initiative of The Resource Innovation Group's Social Capital Project. We are grateful to our founding partners, the Stonehouse Standing Circle and the Rutgers Initiative on Climate and Society.