FCFA webinar: Communicating climate information and uncertainties better
Date: Thursday, 29 November 2018
Time: 08:00 EDT; 13:00 GMT; 15:00 SAST
Duration: 60 minutes
Researchers, national meteorological agencies and civil society face many challenges when trying to communicate climate information and uncertainty to decision-makers. These challenges include i) making data visualisations and probabilistic information more accessible, ii) building trust with stakeholders, and iii) working with decision-makers, under significant time and resource constraints, to co-produce relevant information.
This webinar will share practical recommendations and a few approaches to generating and communicating climate change information and uncertainties. It will draw on insights from cognitive psychology and experiences from Future Climate for Africa’s work in west and southern Africa. This includes engagements to communicate changes in the west African monsoon under climate change, and integrating climate knowledge with urban decision-makers in Lusaka, Windhoek and Maputo. Two approaches will receive more attention: the use of climate impact narratives, and data visualisation and probabilistic information.
Panel presentations will be followed by a Q&A with attendees.
Dr Jordan Harold (University of East Anglia)
Introduction to the challenges of communicating climate uncertainties; insights from psychology
Ms Emma Visman (VNG Consulting Ltd / King’s College London)
Experiences in communicating changes in the west African monsoon under future climate change
Dr Christopher Jack (University of Cape Town)
Integrating climate knowledge with decision-making in African cities; experiences from Lusaka, Windhoek and Maputo
Dr Irene Lorenzoni (University of East Anglia)
Practical recommendations for improved communication of climate information and uncertainty
Jean-Pierre Roux (SouthSouthNorth)
Speaker biographies are available on the Future Climate for Africa website.
Register for this webinar here.