Decisions Breakouts at Summer 2010 Meeting

From Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)


Session Title: Local Level Climate Change and Energy Decision Making Process and Assessment:

Earth Science data has a unique yet complex role in policy making. This session will explore how Chicago, the Southwestern U.S, other countries and industry are planning and designing climate and energy projects to help governments adapt to our changing world, mitigate climate change, and implement renewable energy projects. The session will also describe the technical, economic and other social aspects of these projects and decision making activities.

  • 1:15 - 1:20 Session Goals and objectives (Ana Prados, UMBC and NASA/GSFC)
  • 1:20 - 1:50 Ask the Climate Question: Adapting to Climate Change Impacts in Urban Regions (Josh Foster, Center for Clean Air Policy)
  • 1:50 - 2:30 The Chicago Climate Action Plan (Peter Mulvaney, City of Chicago)
  • 2:30 - 2:45 Interactive Discussion
  • 2:45 - 3:15 Break
  • 3:15 - 4:00 The RetScreen Clean Energy Project Decision-Support System (Gregory Leng, Natural Resources Canada)
  • 4:00 - 4:45 Improving Climate Services in the West: evaluation lessons from CLIMAS (Zack Guido, University of Arizona/RISA )
  • 5:00 - 7:00 Poster session and reception


From the Lab to the Locals: From the Lab to the Locals:How Your Research Can More Easily Reach the Public

9 AM to 10:30 AM

  • Why bother?
  • Working with the media…Is it worth it?
  • Does it make a difference?
  • What’s the most effective way to reach the public?
  • Who is doing the reporting?
  • Using local media resources can work to your advantage.
  • Trust in media versus trust in scientists.
  • The media wants an open dialogue.
  • Thinking visually helps the media.

11 AM to Noon

  • Breaking Down Jargon
  • Science panels – an interactive exercise

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

  • Science Panel playback
  • Scheduling Interviews
  • What does the media want to know?
  • When the reporter arrives…
  • After the interview
  • Giving feedback on the article/news story
  • 2nd Round of Science Panels

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

  • Social Media & New Media…Using it to get your research noticed
  • Writing a press release.
  • How do I get a hold of the media?
  • Newsroom heiarchy: who gets the information?
  • Why doesn’t the media just come to us all the time?
  • Technology making interviews easy!