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Bridging the Gap BetweenScientists & Policy-MakersDawn WrightEsri Chief ScientistAffiliate Professor, Oregon State Univers...
By Charles Saxon | Published March 21, 1983
The Age of Science . . .next 40yrs past 400yrsless than 2% of US Congresshas science background or trainingShawn Otto, Foo...
Ocean and Coastal HealthEnergyPollution and Waste ManagementClimate Change Vulnerability and AdaptationLongstanding Societ...
Societal Drivers of ScienceHow the Earthshould look.How we shouldlook at the Earth.Increasing fundamentalscientific unders...
Governments Are ChangingReflecting Evolving Policies and TrendsGlobal TrendsEconomyGlobalizationEnvironmentSocial Conflict...
BackgroundSupportingDetailsResultCOMPASS, 2011Policy MakersA ResultA PublicGoodSo What?Supporting Info.Scientists
Audience: Policy maker? Journalist? General Public?Benefits?Problem?So What?SolutionIssue
Climate changeis triggeringdiseaseepidemics.From Patz et al., Nature, 2005
Audience: Policy-makersProblem?A warmer world is a sicker world.Warming allows diseases to spread further,develop faster, ...
Audience: Policy-makersProblem?A warmer world is a sicker world.Warming allows diseases to spread further,develop faster, ...
Audience: Policy-makersProblem?A warmer world is a sicker world.Warming allows diseases to spread further,develop faster, ...
Audience: Policy-makersBenefits?• Predict and preventdisease outbreaks• Lessen the impactof future epidemicsProblem?A warm...
WhitherGIScience?
Story MapsCommunicating with …
Bridging the Gap: SuggestionsIdentify your own reasons for engagement & time available to invest.Pick outreach that advanc...
storify.com
“We don’t want geospatial data to be an afterthought.If you’re not engaged in policy discussions, we’remissing the boat. I...
leopoldleadership.stanford.edu, storymaps.esri.com, compassonline.org, adaptingnature.blogspot.com, esriurl.com/6029Bridgi...
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Audience: Journalist for science & policy magazineBenefits?More informedassessment of risksto whales fromhumanactivities, ...
Training Future GenerationsGerber and Bennett, AAAS 2013Graduate training in sciencecommunicationWorkshops on confronting ...
Bridging the Gap Between Scientists and Policy Makers: Whither Geospatial?
Bridging the Gap Between Scientists and Policy Makers: Whither Geospatial?
Bridging the Gap Between Scientists and Policy Makers: Whither Geospatial?
Bridging the Gap Between Scientists and Policy Makers: Whither Geospatial?
Bridging the Gap Between Scientists and Policy Makers: Whither Geospatial?
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Bridging the Gap Between Scientists and Policy Makers: Whither Geospatial?

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Presentation given at the Geospatial World Forum, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, GI Policy session, 15 May 2013

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Bridging the Gap Between Scientists and Policy Makers: Whither Geospatial?

  1. 1. Bridging the Gap BetweenScientists & Policy-MakersDawn WrightEsri Chief ScientistAffiliate Professor, Oregon State University, USAWhither GIScience?Geospatial World Forum, Rotterdam, May 15, 2013
  2. 2. By Charles Saxon | Published March 21, 1983
  3. 3. The Age of Science . . .next 40yrs past 400yrsless than 2% of US Congresshas science background or trainingShawn Otto, Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America, 2011
  4. 4. Ocean and Coastal HealthEnergyPollution and Waste ManagementClimate Change Vulnerability and AdaptationLongstanding Societal Challenges
  5. 5. Societal Drivers of ScienceHow the Earthshould look.How we shouldlook at the Earth.Increasing fundamentalscientific understandingEnabling stewardshipof the environmentPromotingeconomic vitalityProtecting lifeand propertyHow the Earth works.
  6. 6. Governments Are ChangingReflecting Evolving Policies and TrendsGlobal TrendsEconomyGlobalizationEnvironmentSocial ConflictsPolicy InitiativesFiscal RestraintIncreased EfficiencyOpen TransparencyCitizen FocusBetter and Faster DecisionsImproved CollaborationData TrendsOpen DataOnline (services)Shared (services)Sharing and CollaborationComputing TrendsData Center ConsolidationCloud ServicesLeveraging InvestmentsEnterprise MobilityBig Data
  7. 7. BackgroundSupportingDetailsResultCOMPASS, 2011Policy MakersA ResultA PublicGoodSo What?Supporting Info.Scientists
  8. 8. Audience: Policy maker? Journalist? General Public?Benefits?Problem?So What?SolutionIssue
  9. 9. Climate changeis triggeringdiseaseepidemics.From Patz et al., Nature, 2005
  10. 10. Audience: Policy-makersProblem?A warmer world is a sicker world.Warming allows diseases to spread further,develop faster, become more severe.From Patz et al., Nature, 2005Climate changeis triggeringdiseaseepidemics.
  11. 11. Audience: Policy-makersProblem?A warmer world is a sicker world.Warming allows diseases to spread further,develop faster, become more severe.From Patz et al., Nature, 2005So What?This is one of the mostsignificant impacts ofglobal warming, butwe’ve paid little attentionto it. We are notprepared for the future.Climate changeis triggeringdiseaseepidemics.
  12. 12. Audience: Policy-makersProblem?A warmer world is a sicker world.Warming allows diseases to spread further,develop faster, become more severe.From Patz et al., Nature, 2005So What?This is one of the mostsignificant impacts ofglobal warming, butwe’ve paid little attentionto it. We are notprepared for the future.Benefits?• Predict and preventdisease outbreaks• Lessen the impactof future epidemicsClimate changeis triggeringdiseaseepidemics.
  13. 13. Audience: Policy-makersBenefits?• Predict and preventdisease outbreaks• Lessen the impactof future epidemicsProblem?A warmer world is a sicker world.Warming allows diseases to spread further,develop faster, become more severe.From Patz et al., Nature, 2005So What?This is one of the mostsignificant impacts ofglobal warming, butwe’ve paid little attentionto it. We are notprepared for the future.Solution• Short-term: Prepare lines of defense(research, disease protocols)• Long-term: Reduce emissions (monitor)Climate changeis triggeringdiseaseepidemics.
  14. 14. WhitherGIScience?
  15. 15. Story MapsCommunicating with …
  16. 16. Bridging the Gap: SuggestionsIdentify your own reasons for engagement & time available to invest.Pick outreach that advances research.Twitter, blogs can work wonders.Time reduced with assistance in outreach administration.(Ecklund et al. 2012; Andrews et al. 2005)Warning: Engagement requires interdisciplinarity which is still difficult.Use existing “bridge organizations” and their resourcesHellmann and Williams, AAAS, 2013
  17. 17. storify.com
  18. 18. “We don’t want geospatial data to be an afterthought.If you’re not engaged in policy discussions, we’remissing the boat. In trying to solve policyproblems, geography can be used as an actual policydriver.”Mike Byrne, GIO of the Federal Communications CommissionFedGeo Day 2013, Washington, D.C. as reported by FCW.comImplications
  19. 19. leopoldleadership.stanford.edu, storymaps.esri.com, compassonline.org, adaptingnature.blogspot.com, esriurl.com/6029Bridging the Gap: ConclusionConsider implicationsforeducation, training, certification?Consider potential ofstories viamaps, tweets, messageboxes, moreConsider implications forGIScience contribution tosocietyDawn Wrightdwright@esri.com@deepseadawn
  20. 20. Extra Slides
  21. 21. Audience: Journalist for science & policy magazineBenefits?More informedassessment of risksto whales fromhumanactivities, including oilspills.Problem?We can’t save the whales without understandingtheir movements and social relationships intime and space.So What?Cruelty to suchinspiring, charismaticcreatures isunacceptable, extinctionis forever.SolutionThe geneGIS toolbox improves spatial analysisof whales as identified by DNA profiling. This alongwith photo-identification, telemetry and “eco-marker” biopsiescan turn whales into powerful oceanographic, ecological monitors.Saving theWhales withgeneGIS
  22. 22. Training Future GenerationsGerber and Bennett, AAAS 2013Graduate training in sciencecommunicationWorkshops on confronting themedia, engaging in policy, strategicthinkingEncourage students to engage in K-12outreach, new media, blogging, etc.

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