HDGC Special Symposium on Global Change Research at the Science-Policy Interface

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/6/2020
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM
Room: Tower Court A, Sheraton, IM Pei Tower, Second Floor Level
Organizers: Matthew Hamilton, Alexandra Paige Fischer
Chairs: Matthew Hamilton


Despite progress in scientific understanding of the drivers and implications of a range of different types of global environmental change, policy responses have not been sufficient. For example, recent climate change assessments highlight an urgent need for meaningful policies to both curb greenhouse gas emissions and spur adaptation to climate-exacerbated hazards, but meaningful implementation has been limited. Bridging science-policy gaps is crucial for addressing climate change as well as other global sustainability issues related to food security, water resource management, invasive species, implications of urbanization, and threats to biodiversity. HDGC scholarship has not only contributed significantly to advancing understanding of global change but also of how science informs policy and vice versa. Research on the co-production of science and policy has highlighted the importance of boundary objects, bridging organizations, epistemic communities, and science-policy networks. More research is needed to understand what constitutes "actionable" global change science, the conditions under which decision-makers draw upon research findings in the design and implementation of policy, and the circumstances under which new scientific understanding alters public perception of global sustainability issues, including the need for policy responses. This special symposium highlights advances in frameworks and methodologies for the study and practice of global change research at the science-policy interface


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Natasha Collins*, , Courtney Schultz, Associate Professor at Colorado State University , The Role of Private Actors in Climate Change Projects on National Forests and Implications for Adaptive Governance 15 1:30 PM
Presenter James Cunningham*, University of Arizona, The selection and use of climate information in California’s urban adaptation plans 15 1:45 PM
Presenter Lindsay Sansom*, Texas A&M University, Risk Perception and Trust in International Transboundary Groundwater sharing: Texas-Mexico pilot project 15 2:00 PM
Presenter Amanda Fencl*, Texas A & M University, Drinking Water Governance for Climate Change: Learning from a California Drought 15 2:15 PM
Presenter Helena Wehmeyer*, International Rice Research Institute, Sustainable Impact Platform, Philippines & University of Basel, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Switzerland, Anna H. de Guia, International Rice Research Institute, Sustainable Impact Platform, Philippines, Xuhua Zhong, Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, The Rice Research Institute, China, Melanie Connor, International Rice Research Institute, Sustainable Impact Platform, Philippines, Reduction of fertilizer use in Southern China – Impacts and implications on smallholder rice farmers. 15 2:30 PM

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