Climatologists’ Communication of Climate Science to the Agricultural Sector

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2015-01-01
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Wilke, Adam
Wright Morton, Lois
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Farming is a risky business. Climate science information can assist agriculture in formulating management decisions that hedge against uncertainty and risks. Climatologists are key actors in communicating historical trends and forecast information. Interviews and surveys of climatologists in the North Central Region reveal that they are providing accurate and objective information but are likely to let the science speak for itself. This suggests missed opportunities to communicate climate science in ways that make science relevant to decision maker beliefs, values, and practical applications. Furthermore, more active engagement with agriculture could increase colearning necessary for effective adaptive management under increasingly variable climate conditions.

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<p>This is an article from <em>Science Communication</em> 37 (2015): 371, <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1075547015581927" target="_blank">doi:10.1177/1075547015581927</a>. Posted with permission.</p>
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climatologists, climate, agriculture, risk, engagement
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