Climatologists’ Communication of Climate Science to the Agricultural Sector

Adam K. Wilke, Lois Wright Morton

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Farming is a risky business. Climate science information can assist agriculture in formulating management decisions that hedge against uncertainty and risks. Climatologists are key actors in communicating historical trends and forecast information. Interviews and surveys of climatologists in the North Central Region reveal that they are providing accurate and objective information but are likely to let the science speak for itself. This suggests missed opportunities to communicate climate science in ways that make science relevant to decision maker beliefs, values, and practical applications. Furthermore, more active engagement with agriculture could increase colearning necessary for effective adaptive management under increasingly variable climate conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-395
Number of pages25
JournalScience Communication
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 6 2015

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research funded in part by the Iowa State University Agriculture and Home Economic Experiment Station; USDA-NIFA Climate Change, Mitigation, and Adaptation in Corn-based Cropping Systems (No. 2011-68002-30190); and USDA-NIFA Useful to Usable (U2U): Transforming Climate Variability and Change Information for Cereal Crop Producers (No. 2011-68002-30220).

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  • agriculture
  • climate
  • climatologists
  • engagement
  • risk

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