PA008:
Communicating science during a natural hazard crisis





Session ID#: 27047

Session Description:
A natural hazard crisis requires the communication of scientific information rapidly, clearly, usefully, and to diverse audiences. How can scientists, who typically work and communicate at a more deliberate pace, convey information when time is short and lives are on the line? What can be done for communities or a country anxiously seeking more information, forecasts, and, perhaps, a bit of comfort? This session explores what happens when scientists and communicators must convey their limited knowledge on emerging phenomena to the public, policy makers, and an array of stakeholders. Session themes include: (1) Scientists as media and public spokespeople; (2) Communication strategies for joint responses by scientists and communication practitioners; (3) The psychological function of scientific information in times of crises; (4) Communication research that focuses on these problems. Our focus is on geological hazards, such as earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunami and landslides, but papers on meteorological hazards are also welcome.
Primary Convener:  Michael L Blanpied, USGS Headquarters, Reston, VA, United States
Conveners:  Sara McBride, USGS Western Geographic Science Center, Menlo Park, CA, United States, Lucile Jones, California Institute of Technology, Seismological Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States and Kelvin R Berryman, GNS Science-Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Ltd, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Cross-Listed:
  • NH - Natural Hazards
  • S - Seismology
  • V - Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Alexander Krokus, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Hatfield School of Government, University Honors College, Portland State University, Portland, OR, United States
John Howard Sorensen, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Retired, Oak Ridge, TN, United States, Dennis S. Mileti, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO, United States and Jason T Needham, US Army Corps of Engineers, Risk Management Center, Davis, CA, United States
Yen Joe Tan, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Palisades, NY, United States and Rijan Maharjan, Yale University, New Haven, CT, United States
Deanna D Sellnow, University of Central Florida, Nicholson School of Communication, Orlando, FL, United States and Timothy L Sellnow, Professor, Orlando, FL, United States
Robert M DeGroot, USGS Pasadena Field Office, Pasadena, CA, United States, Kate Long, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, Earthquake & Tsunami Program, Pasadena, CA, United States and Jennifer Ann Strauss, UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, United States
Hans N Lechner, Michigan Technological University, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, Houghton, MI, United States and Mark Rouleau, Michigan Technological University, Social Sciences, Houghton, MI, United States
Raul Perez Lopez1, Marina Benito-Parejo2, Marta Bejar-Pizarro3, Carolina Guardiola-Albert3 and Miguel Herraiz4, (1)Organization Not Listed, Washington, DC, United States, (2)2-, INTA. Space Programs and Integration Systems, Madrid, Spain, (3)Instituto Geológico y Minero de España, Madrid, Spain, (4)Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Alberto Michelini1, Gerhard Wotawa2 and Delia Arnold-Arias2, (1)National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, Rome, Italy, (2)ZAMG Central Institution for Meteorology and Geodynamics, Vienna, Austria
Anne Rosinski, California Geological Survey Menlo Park, Menlo Park, CA, United States, James Morentz, JWMorentz LLC, Bethesda, MD, United States and Phil Beilin, City of Walnut Creek, Walnut Creek, CA, United States
Paul S Earle, USGS, Baltimore, MD, United States, Gavin P Hayes, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO, United States, Harley Benz, USGS Central Region Offices Denver, Denver, CO, United States, David J Wald, Geologic Hazards Science Center Denver, Denver, CO, United States and William L Yeck, USGS National Earthquake Information Center Golden, Golden, CO, United States
Kazuki Koketsu, Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, Andrea Cerase, Universita la Sapienza di Roma, Rome, Italy, Alessandro Amato, National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, Rome, Italy and Satoko Oki, Keio University, Fujisawa, Japan
Michael L Blanpied, USGS Headquarters, Reston, VA, United States, Sara McBride, USGS Western Geographic Science Center, Menlo Park, CA, United States, Jeanne Hardebeck, USGS, Menlo Park, CA, United States, Andrew Jay Michael, US Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA, United States and Nicholas van der Elst, USGS Earthquake Science Center, Pasadena, CA, United States
Graeme R Aggett, Organization Not Listed, Washington, DC, United States and Monica Stone, NOAA, Tuscaloosa, AL, United States
Lucile Jones, California Institute of Technology, Seismological Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States

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