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UCS Events and Presentations at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting

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Stop by the UCS booth (#411) to meet UCS staff, pick up copies of some of our newest analyses, and find out how you can become more involved in science-based policy. Free copies of the 2014 Editorial Cartoon Calendar will be available.

SCIENCE COMMUNICATION: EVENT011. Communicating Climate Science in an IPCC Year
What: At this workshop, participants of all experience levels will learn how to communicate climate science basics to general audiences, especially during media interviews, including showing how their specific research connects to the climate science consensus. Speakers include John Cook, a climate communication research fellow for the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, Aaron Huertas, a press secretary at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Susanne Moser, director and principal researcher of Susanne Moser Research & Consulting and a social science research fellow at Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment.
When: Sunday, December 8, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Where: Salon 4 (San Francisco Marriott Marquis)
Advance registration is required.
ORAL SESSION: PA14A. Hydraulic Fracturing: Knowns, Unknowns, and Communication to the Public
What: The rapid expansion of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has outpaced our ability to study it. Work is underway to characterize its impacts on human health, the environment, and the climate, but much uncertainty remains. At the same time, the public dialogue is saturated with misinformation and concern over these practices. What role can scientists play in communicating what we do and don't know about these technologies? And how can this information most effectively reach those who need it? This session will review our current understanding of the impacts of fracking, identify areas in need of further work, and discuss the challenges of communicating this uncertainty to communities and policy makers.
When: Monday, December 9, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Where: Room 3002 (Moscone West)
ORAL SESSION: ED21B. Climate Literacy: Achieving Widespread Climate Literacy Through Innovative Engagement Strategies, Effective Partnerships, and Large-Scale Networks
What: Climate change is and will impact all aspects of society. In order to address these impacts effectively, coordinated large-scale efforts are needed to equip the citizens, decision makers, and other professionals to make informed decisions for society. The session will showcase initiatives that have built and implemented large scale partnerships and/or networks or have brought to scale or implemented programs that address climate change education, communication, adaptation, or mitigation plans or strategies, particularly efforts that bridge audiences, topics, or regions not traditionally connected. However, contributions for all effective partnerships, networks, and efforts are welcome.
When: Tuesday, December 10, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Where: Room 103 (Moscone South)
SCIENCE COMMUNICATION: EVENT115. Sharing Science in Plain English: Panel & Late Lunch
What: Scientists speak a specialized language. Learn how to translate your science for the general public at this afternoon panel. You'll be introduced to effective communications strategies and offered tools and tips for honing your message for a variety of audiences. John Calderazzo, an English professor at Colorado State University and co-director of Changing Climates at Colorado State, will lead the panel, which includes Mike Osborne, AGU's 2013 mass media fellow and a Stanford University Ph.D. student of paleoclimatology. Osborne will talk about his experience working as a science news reporter at KQED radio in San Francisco this summer. The event is free and a box lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis.
When: Tuesday, December 10, 1:45 - 3:45 p.m.
Where: Room 130-131 (Moscone North)
ORAL SESSION: PA42A. Communicating the Relationship Between Policy Sciences, Natural Hazards, and Global Environmental Change
What: Many indicators have shown a strong relationship between natural hazards, global environmental change, and their influence on policy sciences. This interdisciplinary session will present work from geoscience communities dealing with natural hazards and global environmental change issues influencing human population, ecosystem, and the use of natural resources. The papers will present the results of science communication research, and focus on various audiences inside and outside of the earth science community (e.g., news media, social media, policy makers, etc.).
When: Thursday, December 12, 10:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Where: Room 2020 (Moscone West)
ORAL SESSION: GC53D. Challenges in Attribution and Assessment of Climate Impacts II
What: There is much interest in more precisely determining the most likely causes of observed climate trends, in large part because the causes inform our management strategies and our societal choices. Methods have been developed to better understand the most likely causes of extreme weather and climate-related events, but challenges remain. On the other hand, assessments of climate impacts on hydrologic, ecologic, and geomorphic systems face a variety of challenges and related uncertainties. This session invites contributions that: 1) explore key challenges confronting climate attribution approaches of the past to inform future research directions and 2) identify emerging factors that can potentially represent a significant source of uncertainty in assessments of climate impacts on landscape water and energy partition dynamics.
When: Friday, December 13, 1:40 - 3:40 p.m.
Where: Room 3003 (Moscone West)
POSTER SESSIONS:
PA21A. Hydraulic Fracturing: Knowns, Unknowns, and Communication to the Public II Poster
Tuesday, December 10, 8:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.; Hall A-C (Moscone South)
PA31B. Social Media for Science: Challenges, Opportunities, and Maximizing Impact Posters Wednesday, December 11, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Hall A-C (Moscone South)
GC43A. Future Land Use Change and Climate III Posters Thursday, December 12, 1:40 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Hall A-C (Moscone South)
GC51B. Challenges in Attribution and Assessment of Climate Impacts I Posters Friday, December 12, 8:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.; Hall A-C (Moscone South)
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