The Network for Anthropologies of Forecasting Weather and Climate
AMS conference session: The Other Uncertainty: Social, Political, and Cultural Forms of Uncertainty in Weather Contexts
7 January 08:30
Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings - North 226AB
Uncertainty pervades the prediction and experience of hazardous weather. It emerges in the observations of weather, the development of weather models, the construction and communication of forecasts, the interpretation of forecasts and perceptions of weather risks, and in the complex process of responding to and recovering from hazardous weather. The uncertainty associated with meteorological processes and our knowledge of them is commonly considered and studied. Yet, there are myriad profound types of ambiguity that emerge, interact, operate, and propagate throughout the lifecycle of hazardous weather events which are far less understood. This panel discussion will highlight experts from the social sciences to examine non-meteorological types of ambiguity that arise from social, cultural, political, ethical or other variables and become inferred in understandings of a forecast or warning, embedded in perceptions of risk, calculated into decisions, or imbued by context.
A set of three sessions at the American Meteorological Society conference 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona.