Science Communication and the Role of Scientists in the Policy Discussion

  • Kristan Uhlenbrock
  • Elizabeth Landau
  • Erik Hankin
Part of the Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research book series (NTHR, volume 38)


Would it be more accurate to say that science informs policy or is it more often true that policy informs science? Like any causality dilemma, trying to determine what came first or which is more prevalent is something of an exercise in futility. Nevertheless, societies depend upon the ramifications behind this chicken-and-egg question particularly in the literal Earth-shifting context of our time. This chapter will consider the two-way influence of science and society, focusing on how science and scientists can contribute to today’s critical decisions and, just as importantly, to the decision-making process.


Policy Maker Science Policy Scientific Organization Educate Policy Maker American Geophysical Union 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristan Uhlenbrock
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Landau
    • 1
  • Erik Hankin
    • 1
  1. 1.American Geophysical UnionWashington, DCUSA

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