Communicating the value of Co-production and social networks for climate adaptation

Communicating the value of Co-production and social networks for climate adaptation

Organizer: 
Chelsea Combest-Friedman
NOAA RISA
Time Slot: 
Concurrent Sessions 4
Session Type: 
Symposium
Abstract: 

Climate information alone rarely impacts decisions, making long-term, sustained engagement between researchers and decision makers important for the integration of science into decision contexts. Significant investments made by U.S. federal agencies in the co-production of climate science demonstrate the perceived value of this relatively new and evolving area of research and practice. Demonstrating the value of these efforts is important for the continuation of public funding and to better understand opportunities for improving the practice. However, appropriate methods to demonstrate the value of investments in co-production and social networks are not well understood, can be difficult to implement and the results are challenging to communicate effectively. This session will open a dialogue about opportunities and strategies for communicating the value of co-produced climate science and efforts to build social networks for climate adaptation. We will support the discussion by showing two short videos that describe the value of co-production processes through the lens of local actors. The videos aim to convey the personal experiences and the scientific context behind how decision-makers and communities are facing, dealing with, and adapting to the realities of a changing climate, while highlighting a given intermediaries’ role in helping them to do so. Short presentations will describe some of the challenges encountered in communicating the value of this work, including at local to regional scales, and describe some opportunities to do so through story telling. A discussion will be facilitated in small groups to capture additional experiences and strategies.

Presentations

Role of story-telling in communicating the value of climate adaptation investments in co-production
Ned Gardiner, NOAA
Regional perspectives on the value of social networks for adaptation
Sarah Watson, CISA & Sea Grant
  • Amanda Farris, Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA)
Lessons in using video to communicate the value of co-production and social networks
Chelsea Combest-Friedman, NOAA RISA
  • Sean Bath, NOAA RISA
  • Caitlin Simpson, NOAA RISA