The Network for Anthropologies of Forecasting Weather and Climate
Ethnographic futures of weather and climate forecasting (SfAA panel)
30 March 14:00
La Fonda, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Heather Lazrus (NCAR) and Sophie Haines (Oxford) convened an AnthFOR panel session at the 2017 meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Ethnographic approaches trace the trails of knowledge and decision-making in the production, circulation, and application of weather forecasts and climate predictions. This panel showcases ethnographic research examining how different types of evidence, institutions, and experts are produced, perceived, and recognized in
forecasting. Drawing on examples from Belize, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States, presenters reflect on what applying an anthropological lens can contribute to understandings of - and interventions in - the social
lives of prediction and preparedness. Panel discussions will build on these insights, seeking to forge new directions in the anthropology of forecasting, including interdisciplinary engagements with practitioners and publics.
Jen Henderson (VA Tech): TORFF: Boundary Objects Circulating in the National Weather Service Warning Process
Jennifer Spinney (UWO): Processes of Prediction & Response: Tracing the Production of Meteorological Knowledge and Public Decision-Making in Toronto, Canada
Sophie Haines, Ana Lopez & Steve Rayner (Oxford): Forecasting Futures: Uncertainty and Accountability in Weather/Climate Prediction for Resource and Hazard Management
Heather Lazrus (NCAR): The Middle Future: Potential Utility of Climate Information at Decadal Timescales