This workshop was designed to help interpreters meet the challenges of connecting with visitors on climate change. It provided foundational climate science, engagement with scientists and peers, and exposure to new technologies.
We emphasized systems thinking for understanding and interpreting climate change. NASA visualizations and citizen science tools, and examples of climate interpretation were highlighted. We spent the second day at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Mesa Lab, where participants learned about climate modeling, engaged with NCAR’s communication and education professionals, and explored how the Lab interprets and educates about climate. Participants and presenters shared and compared best practices and challenges in climate science communication and audience engagement.
Each participant created and presented their own plan for integrating the presented science, emerging technologies, and innovative communication techniques into their interpretive efforts.