Climate Change, Uncertainty & Communication

Decision support is a collection of tools for the communication of issues underpinning the selection of actions or policies. Climate policy is a particularly challenging arena for decision support due to the complex connections between climate and human activities; numerous interest groups with competing interest; and uncertainties in both the future of climate and the impacts of actions. Strategies for treating the uncertainties, including dealing with uncertainty about our understanding of that uncertainty, are discussed. This webinar will provide information about:

  • Dealing with uncertainty
  • Challenges in communicating with diverse groups

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Climate Change & Public Health

Climate change threatens human health and well-being in numerous ways, from increased extreme weather events, wildfires, and decreased air quality, to insect-transmitted diseases, food and water contamination, and mental health threats. Despite these challenges, responding to climate change also provides opportunities to improve human health and well-being, as many of the strategies used to address climate change offer a variety of other benefits that protect people while combating climate change. This webinar will provide information about:

  • Climate change impacts on health in the United States.
  • Potential strategies for climate change adaptation in the public health sector
  • Possible opportunities to benefit health while addressing climate change

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Climate and Carbon Impacts on Productivity, Chemistry, and Invasive Species in the Great Lakes

The ecosystems of the Great Lakes are critical national resources, yet their large-scale functioning and interactions with climate change are poorly explained. How do physical drivers impact chemistry and ecology? How are invasive species reacting to physical change? How will the Great Lakes respond to increasing atmospheric CO2? Numerical models and data help us to answer these questions, and to identify future research priorities. This webinar will provide information about:

  • Biogeochemistry, carbon cycling and invasive species in Lakes Superior and Michigan
  • Impacts of physical change on carbon cycling and invasive species
  • Prospects for acidification of the Great Lakes due to CO2 uptake from the atmosphere

Additional reference visit Carbon and Climate.

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The Future of Energy and Climate Change Policies

With the recent Presidential and Congressional elections behind us, what can we now expect with regard to energy and climate change policy in the US? Will President Obama's reelection result in movement in either climate or clean energy legislation in Congress, despite a “status quo” Congress? What role will EPA play in formulating future climate policy through new regulations? Could a carbon tax play a role in a future budget deal to close the large Federal deficit? How does the implementation of the current regulations on automobiles and utilities along with the emergence of large shale gas supplies affect President Obama's Copenhagen commitments for a 17% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020? This webinar will provide a perspective on:

  • potential future energy and climate change policies in the US
  • the effect of economic concerns on climate policy
  • the role of government agencies in new approaches to the problem

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Communicating with the Public about Climate Change

This webinar will present research from an ongoing program conducted by George Mason University and Yale University analyzing Americans’ interpretations of and responses to climate change. The research segments the American public into six audiences along a spectrum of concern and issue engagement: from the Alarmed, who are convinced of the reality and danger of climate change, and who are highly supportive of personal and political actions to mitigate the threat, to the Dismissive, who are equally convinced that climate change is not occurring and that no response should be made. The Six Americas are not very different demographically, but are dramatically different in their beliefs and actions, as well as their basic values and political orientations. This webinar will provide information about:

  • How segments of the American public think about the issue of climate change
  • Principles for effective communication
  • The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication

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What Attendees Are Saying

  • “ Here in Minnesota we're using the webinars to provide current research updates. The information is pertinent and timely and by using the OSU webinars for content, we can spend time working on other aspects of climate adaptation. – B. Liukkonen, U of MN Extension

  • “ This is one of the most useful and accessible resources in the Great Lakes basin. Consider it a cornerstone of a growing network of climate professionals in this region. ”

  • “ Thank you, OSU, for providing such a useful tool! Keep’em coming! ”

  • “ Thanks for these webinars. A great resource. ”

Upcoming Webinars

Featured Presentations

  • 2010-09-28
    Dr. Jonathan Patz

    University of Wisconsin
    Climate Change in the Great Lakes: Key Vulnerabilities to Public Health in the Region. Read more.

  • 2010-11-02
    Dr. Brent Sohngen

    Ohio State University
    Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Great Lakes Farms and Forests. Read more.

  • 2010-10-14
    Dr. Dan Herms

    Ohio State University
    Effects of Climate Change on Species Interactions in Natural and Agricultural Ecosystems. Read more.

  • 2011-01-11
    Dr. Peter Curtis

    Ohio State University
    Managing Great Lakes Forests for Climate Change Mitigation Read more.

  • 2010-12-07
    Dr. Anthony D. Kendall

    Michigan State University
    Climate Change, Biofuels, and Land Use Legacy Read more.