New Trends in Earth-Science Outreach and Engagement

The Nature of Communication

  • Jeanette L. Drake
  • Yekaterina Y. Kontar
  • Gwynne S. Rife

Part of the Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research book series (NTHR, volume 38)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Framing Climate Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gretchen Goldman, Francesca Grifo, Paul Rogerson, Benjamin L. Gutman
      Pages 3-19
    3. Sue Schrader, Chris Danielson, Scyller J. Borglum
      Pages 47-55
  3. The Role of Science in the Conversation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Kristan Uhlenbrock, Elizabeth Landau, Erik Hankin
      Pages 93-105
  4. Friending Earth via Social Media

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Francoise Pearlman, Richard Bernknopf, Mary Ann Stewart, Jay S. Pearlman
      Pages 137-152
  5. STEMming the Tide of Science Illiteracy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Minda Berbeco, Mark McCaffrey
      Pages 155-163
    3. Philip D. Wade, Arlene R. Courtney
      Pages 177-192
  6. Organization for Resources and Resiliency

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Bente Lilja Bye, Kathleen S. Fontaine
      Pages 209-221
    3. Michael D. Haderman, Adam N. Pasch, Timothy S. Dye, Alan C. Chan, Dianne S. Miller, John E. White et al.
      Pages 223-234

About this book


Perhaps just as perplexing as the biggest issues at the core of Earth science is the nature of communicating about nature itself. New Trends in Earth-Science Outreach and Engagement: The Nature of Communication examines the processes of communication necessary in bridging the chasm between climate change and natural hazard knowledge and public opinion and policy. At this junction of science and society, 17 chapters take a proactive and prescriptive approach to communicating with the public, the media, and policy makers about the importance of Earth science in everyday life.

Book chapters come from some 40 authors who are geophysical scientists, social scientists, educators, scholars, and professionals in the field. Bringing diverse perspectives, these authors hail from universities, and research institutes, government agencies, non-profit associations, and corporations. They represent multiple disciplines, including geosciences, education, climate science education, environmental communication, and public policy. They come from across the United States and around the world. Arranged into five sections, the book looks at geosciences communication in terms of:

1) Education
2) Risk management
3) Public discourse
4) Engaging the public
5) New media

From case studies and best practices to field work and innovations, experts deliver pragmatic solutions and delve into significant theories, including diffusion, argumentation, and constructivism, to name a few.

Intended for environmental professionals, researchers, and educators in the geophysical and social sciences, the book emphasizes communication principles and practices within an up-to-the-minute context of new environmental issues, new technologies, and a new focus on resiliency.


Communicating Climate Change Communicating Environmental Geoscience Natural Hazards Communication Public Affairs and Geoscience Communication Science Policy and Public Outreach

Editors and affiliations

  • Jeanette L. Drake
    • 1
  • Yekaterina Y. Kontar
    • 2
  • Gwynne S. Rife
    • 3
  1. 1.College of Liberal ArtsThe University of FindlayFindlayUSA
  2. 2.Scenarios Network for Alaska and Arctic Planning (SNAP), International Arctic Research Center (IARC)University of Alaska-FairbanksFairbanksUSA
  3. 3.Education and BiologyThe University of FindlayFindlayUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-01820-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-01821-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1878-9897
  • Series Online ISSN 2213-6959
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