RISK COMMUNICATION RESOURCES

A collection of articles on the need for, and public perception of, climate change risk communication.

 

 

Collection Resources

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. 

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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.

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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.

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A presentation on communicating climate risk and navigating the concept of uncertainty with regard to agriculture in Australia.

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A report on utilizing climate information as a tool to manage risk, including case studies and research that highlight challenges and opportunities for disaster risk managers.

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A report on how climate change impacts security and how understanding the threat and adopting a risk management approach can reduce the severity of potential outcomes and increase resilience.

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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.

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An analysis of climate denial (what it is, its sources, and how it's provoked) and recommendations for advocacy messaging and risk communication.

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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. 

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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.  

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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.

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A proposal of a new national story based on the concept of a "strategic ecosystem," which, among other things, advocates for adaptation to complex challenges, risks and threats.  

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An examination of the vulnerability of the American West to climate impacts and possible adaptation opportunities, including a discussion of the role of risk communication.

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An analysis of the communications methods that are necessary to convey climate science and motivate the public to understand and combat climate change.

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A survey of American climate change risk perceptions and levels of policy support.

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Research that ties together public risk perception to willingness to address politicial, social and economic risks for particular subjects.

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