FACETs Social Sciences
Progress and Emerging Needs

June 12, 2018


The FACETs program: Concept & the Social Science Effort

Kim McClain, PhD, Research Scientist, CIMMS Societal Applications Coordinator and NSSL Societal Impacts Group Team Lead

Kodi Berry, PhD, Hazardous Weather Testbed Executive Officer and Sea Grant Extension Liaison CIMMS/NSSL

FACETs, or Forecasting a Continuum of Environmental Threats, is a new weather research program that aims to evolve or complement the current watch/warning paradigm with a more seamless flow of environmental information related to weather hazards. The program includes several key attributes, including work that considers emerging technologies, the needs of the human forecaster, communication infrastructure, NWS core partners, and the broader publics of the US. At this time, the majority of funded projects in the FACETs program have been social scientific in nature. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the FACETs concept and highlight the approaches that have been taken to match technological advancements with identified needs among forecaster, emergency management, broadcast, and public communities.

Flooding in 3D: Using immersive and emerging technologies to communicate storm surge risks

Speaker: Jill Gambill, Georgia Sea Grant & University of Georgia Marine Extension, Coastal Resilience Specialist and Public Service Faculty

Jill will share recent examples of storm surge visualizations, including a 3D GIS animation developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), which she helped test in focus groups in Georgia and South Carolina following Hurricanes Matthew and Irma. She will also share clips of FEMA’s new virtual reality (VR) program and a new storm surge VR simulation being developed by the University of Georgia. Additionally, Jill will discuss social science research on the potential of emerging technologies to communicate extreme weather risks, as well as the challenges of trying to convey uncertainty in these platforms.

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Bhaskaran Subramanian, Ph.D.
Program Manager, Adaptation Sciences
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Lisa Vaughan
Program Manager, International Adaptation Science
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Jennifer Dopkowski
Program Manager, Climate and Fisheries Adaptation (CAFA)
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Andrea Miralles-Barboza
Knauss Fellow
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Amanda Speciale
Program Specialist
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