These presentations are designed to share how your actions to address climate variability and change have succeeded (or not) and provide recommendations for others engaging in similar efforts, including what went well and how you might do things differently next time. Submissions for this format may also consider joint presentations between an information producer (e.g., researcher, tool developer) and information user to demonstrate real world examples of how climate information and tools are incorporated in decision-making.
These presentations are intended to promote audience participation and provide presenters feedback that can help inform their work. Presenters should give a brief (5 to 10 minute) presentation to introduce their project and spend the bulk of their time eliciting feedback and answering questions from participants. Alternatively, presenters can incorporate questions or requests for feedback throughout the presentation. Possible formats include general brainstorming, Q&A, polling software such as PollEverywhere or small-group discussion.
Want to let others know what your organization or community has been doing to increase climate resilience in the Carolinas? These presentations are designed to share information about ongoing research, efforts, and partnerships in the Carolinas that address climate variability and change so that participants can learn more about the many great projects and initiatives occurring in the region.
This session is a twist on the traditional academic poster session. Each session participant will be given 3 minutes to provide an overview of their poster to audience members. Following these round robin mini-presentations, audience members will have time to visit individual posters to speak to the authors and learn more about their projects.
These sessions are designed to allow for a more hands-on approach to tools demonstration and training. Presenters will have 3-5 minutes to give a brief introduction to their resource or tool at the beginning of the session. Following the introductions, participants will break into small groups and circulate to the demonstration tables to learn more about the products and tools most relevant to their work. We encourage presenters to invite experienced users to participate in the demonstrations as well so that they might share their experiences with other interested participants.
In order to allow opportunities for attendees to interact with climatologists and other climate experts, several sessions will be organized to share information on current climate in the Carolinas, climate variability, and anticipated changes in regional climate. These sessions will include presentations from state and regional climatologists with plenty of time for questions and discussions throughout. Conference attendees will have an opportunity to submit questions prior to the conference so that speakers can prepare materials and information in advance to address specific climate-related concerns.
Topics for discussion in sessions may include, but are not limited to, the following subjects
Two pre-conference workshops will be offered to a limited number of registrants as in-depth learning opportunities in climate science fundamentals, inclusive adaptation and resilience, and effective climate communications. Workshops will be held from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, September 12, before the start of the full conference at 1:00 p.m.
The workshops, which run concurrently, are $25 each and limited to the first 25 registrants. Register for a workshop when you register for the full conference.
UPDATE: Registration for these workshops is now full.
The impacts of climate variability and change affect everyone, but they disproportionately affect socially vulnerable populations, as they are the ones with the least resources to prepare and recover from impacts. Understanding where these concerns sit within a broad spectrum of stressors and challenges is important in order to identify opportunities to effectively communicate challenges and increase community resilience. In this session, participants will engage in dialogue about their experiences with climate-related impacts that are anticipated to affect vulnerable or marginalized communities in the Carolinas. Proven examples of programs and adaptation models will be shared to demonstrate successes in preparing communities to face these challenges.
This workshop is designed for those seeking to improve their ability to convey climate science and information to a variety of audiences and stakeholders. Participants will learn framing and messaging techniques for conveying key climate concepts. They will also have an opportunity to practice and refine these techniques with their peers while receiving tips and recommendations from the workshop facilitators. Participants will review how to develop messages that are clear, concise, and compelling for public presentations, media interviews, and conversations with decision-makers. They will also discuss how to quickly deliver the most important messages about climate science and solutions, tailored to each audience. Examples of good communication will serve as inspiration, participants will learn effective metaphors, and there will be ample opportunity for questions and group discussion of key challenges.
The workshop will be led by Susan Joy Hassol, Director of Climate Communication, a non-profit project that specializes in climate change communication and outreach and supports scientists, journalists, and others in communicating about climate.