Climate, People, and the Environment Program Seminar Series - Bridging the Gap Between Applied Climatologists and Weather-Sensitive Decision Makers


Date: Tuesday, October 23
Time: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Speaker: David Changnon, Professor and Chair, Department of Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences, Northern Illinois University
Location: 811 Atmospheric, Oceanic And Space Sciences Building, 1225 W. Dayton St.

More than 20 years ago an applied climate course was developed and added to the curriculum in Northern Illinois University’s (NIU) undergraduate meteorology program. This course has faculty-mentored student groups working directly with weather-sensitive decision makers to address applied research questions and develop decision support tools in sectors that included agriculture, energy, transportation, insurance, and recreation. The success of semester-long projects depends on a number of factors including level of interest in the project by the end-user; student critical thinking, communication, and creative skills; level of interaction between students, faculty mentor (i.e., applied climatologist), and end-user; and access to data. Development of long-term relationships between the applied climatologist and decision makers is a key element to this ongoing effort.

For more information:
Contact Erin Smith
Call 608-262-9334