Broadcast meteorologists and weathercasters from four southeastern states will meet in Miami in mid-May under a grant from the McCormick Foundation of Chicago for a full-day briefing from climate experts and fellow broadcast meteorologists on climate science.
Managed by this online publication, the workshop is the third in a continuing series aimed at helping broadcast meteorologists better understand and be able to communicate on complex climate science issues sometimes related to – and sometimes mistakenly conflated with – meteorological issues. Previous such workshops conducted by The Yale Forum were held in April 2009 at The Field Museum, in Chicago, also funded by the McCormick Foundation; and in Portland, Oregon, in June 2009 as part of the American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) annual broadcast meteorologists meeting.
The May 14-15 by-invitation workshop, to be held at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, will again be comprised of a faculty consisting of world-class climate scientists and TV meteorologists with extensive first-hand experience in studying and communicating on climate change science.
Below is the agenda for the May 15 session as of April 8, 2010:
8:00 — 8:30am Continental breakfast at Rosenstiel School
8:30 — 8:45am Bud Ward, The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media: Introductions and Welcome
8:45 — 9:05am John Morales, Chief Meteorologist, NBC 6-Miami: “What Broadcast Meteorologists Know about Climate Change, and How They Know It”
9:05 — 9:30am Anthony Leiserowitz, Yale University/Yale Project on Climate Change: “What the American Public Knows, Thinks about Climate Change”
9:30 — 10:15am Tony Broccoli, Rutgers University: “What Every Broadcast Meteorologist Should Know about Climate Change”
10:15 — 10:30am BREAK
10:30 — 11:15am Ben Santer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: “The Scientific Basis for a ‘Discernible Human Influence’ on Global Climate”
11:15 — 12:00pm Brian Soden, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science: “Global Warming, Hurricanes, and the Gulf Coast”
12:00 — 12:45pm CATERED LUNCH
12:45 — 1:00pm Sara Espinoza, National Environmental and Education Foundation: “Climate Science Resources for Meteorologists”
1:00 — 1:45pm Stu Ostro, The Weather Channel: “A Media Meteorologist’s Journey Into the Land of Climate Change”
1:45 — 2:30pm Amy Clement, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science: “Climate Change and the Outlook for Water Resources, Corals, and Coral Bleaching”
2:30 — 2:45pm BREAK
2:45 — 3:00pm ”Weather Jack” Williams: “Don’t Blame the Scientists for the Time Magazine Covers”
3:00 — 3:45pm Dan Satterfield, WHNT-TV, Huntsville, Ala.: “Keeping the Meteorologist’s Eye on the Ball – Science, and not Policy”
3:45 — 4:30pm Speakers and Audience: Roundtable Questions & Answers … and Looking Ahead
Interested broadcast meteorologists affiliated with media outlets in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, or Mississippi can apply for the expenses-paid workshop by no later than 5 p.m. eastern time on Friday, April 16, by contacting workshop manager and Yale Forum Editor Bud Ward by e-mail at wardbud @ gmail.com. As of mid-April, four seats remained available for eligible meteorologists.