Engaging Indigenous Communities and Research Scientists to Manage Climate Risk

Tuesday, 16 December 2014: 4:05 PM
Doug R Kluck1, Roger S Pulwarty1, Gary Collins2 and Heather Lazrus3, (1)NOAA, Boulder, CO, United States, (2)Northern Arapahoe Tribe, Riverton, WY, WY, United States, (3)University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, United States
For the past five years a strategy has been employed to reach out to tribes and tribal colleges to build awareness and potentially transfer information that would strengthen tribal resilience to climate variability and changes. Finding an effective approach to first engaging tribal communities and risk management issues from their perspective has been the key. Climate information that is place based and temporally relevant provides the greatest value. By engaging in a social process of risk communication instead of traditional sender- receiver model are taking place and continuing across the U.S. 4-Corners, Pacific Northwest and Missouri Basin. For this presentation we will focus primarily on the lessons from those engagements on water resources in the Missouri Basin where twenty-eight tribes reside.