Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation: Evaluating climate service production and use in Bangladesh, Mali, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group
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Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Bonaparte, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
Organizers: Kassie Ernst
Chairs: Kassie Ernst


Climate change adaptation decision-making efforts have increased, particularly over the past decade, but many of these efforts have struggled to implement tangible adaptation actions (Lesnikowski et al., 2013, 2011; Mimura et al., 2014). This lack of action persists despite the widespread availability of climate information (Lesnikowski et al., 2011; Porter et al., 2015), suggesting that the current configuration of climate information production, dissemination, and use is not yet actionable. The reconfiguring of climate information into tailored, iteratively produced services intended for direct use in decision-making processes, otherwise known as ‘climate services’, endeavors to make climate information more actionable.

Efforts to create and build climate services have expanded greatly since the Global Framework for Climate Services was launched from the Third World Climate Conference in 2009. Conceptually, climate services are intended to rework the production and use of climate science away from delivering climate information to decision-makers along a unidirectional path, and towards the development of information and production of knowledge through iterative communication, education, and practice between scientists, boundary-actors, and decision-makers acting collectively as stakeholders in adaptation efforts. However, in practice, the production and use of climate services is hindered by previous modes of knowledge production, dissemination, and use. The use and effectiveness of climate services in adaptation decision-making processes varies widely across contexts and is understudied.

This session focuses on climate service-related efforts at multiple stages of development and use, and examines opportunities and challenges related to enabling informed and effective adaptation decision-making processes. Insights from Bangladesh, Mali, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States are discussed and explored. Investigating the processes of climate services production and use enables multiple analytical entry points to analyze the use of information and production of knowledge within adaptation decision-making processes as well as how adaptation actions are hindered or aided by climate services throughout decision-making processes.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Kassie Ernst*, University of Tennessee, Uncovering and articulating climate service production challenges in Sweden 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Galen Treuer*, University of Connecticut, The shape of co-benefits: Overcoming climate adaptation barriers through engagement 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Helen Rosko*, Clark University, Climate Information Services: Investigating Adaptation Subjects in Mali 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Saleh Ahmed*, University of Arizona, Does individual level socio-economic conditions determine the usability of climate information? Insights from coastal Bangladesh 20 9:00 AM
Discussant Edward Carr Clark University 20 9:20 AM

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