Advancing Science Literacy Through the Climate Change National Forum

Wednesday, 17 December 2014: 9:15 AM
John W Nielsen-Gammon1, Michael Quirke2, Barry L Lefer3 and Tracy Hester3, (1)Texas A&M University, Atmospheric Sciences, College Station, TX, United States, (2)Climate Change National Forum, Houston, TX, United States, (3)University of Houston, Houston, TX, United States
The Climate Change National Forum (http://climatechangenationalforum.org) was established almost a year ago to provide a publicly visible platform for discussion of scientific issues related to climate change and, at a later date, policy options motivated by climate change science. The site is also designed to promote public literacy in the culture and conduct of science by incorporating dozens of active scientists in a broad range of climate science and related fields and encouraging dialogue among those scientists. The forum provides a rare window into scientific debate, allowing non-scientists to see how scientists evaluate the work of others, construct meaning out of various bits of evidence, formulate ideas, challenge their colleagues, and (on occasion) develop a consensus. As such, the site is intended to have educational value well beyond its climate science focus.