By Magdalena A K Muir
The Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC) participated in the International Workshop on Communicating the Science and Impacts of Fundamental Earth System Change: A Focus on Ice-Snow-Water.
This workshop was financially supported by the National Science Foundation, and also supported by in kind and financial support of the City University of New York (CUNY), Vox Naturae, and the Disaster Risk and Climate Unit of the World Bank South Asia. I was one of the conference organizers on behalf of EUCC.
The workshop was held at the World Bank offices in Washington DC from November 12 to 14, 2014. The meeting included the Public Private Sector Forum – A Dialog between Researchers and End-Users, which was held at the Residence of the Icelandic Ambassador during the evening of Thursday November 14.
With an Arctic science focus, this science communications workshop discussed some of the latest findings for ice, snow and water. It reviewed the successes, failures and key challenges associated with how scientific knowledge reaches different audiences – whether government or private decision makers, or science writers, educators and the public. The goal of the workshop was to generate a dialogue to support a short communiqué to the National Science Foundation (NSF) of the United Sates on future areas of research for science communication in the changing Arctic and global cryosphere. Another objective was to create an interdisciplinary community committed to communicating science on the nexus for ice, snow and water to a wider audience, including the public and science educators
A summary of the workshop is provided below, along with the NSF Workshop agenda and the Public Private Sector Forum agenda. Followup reports and materials from the workshop will be made available subsequently through another post.