Paper No. 3
Presentation Time: 8:30 AM


HANKIN, Erik R., LANDAU, Elizabeth and UHLENBROCK, Kristan, American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20009,

In recent years, science has become inextricably linked to the political process. As such, it is more important now than ever for science to forge a stronger relationship with politics, for the well-being of both science and society. Effective communication of science to policy and decision makers is integral to forging this relationship.

An effective communicator is a well-informed communicator. In addition to science informing policy, scientists also need to become better acquainted with the politics of science and science funding, as these policy decisions can greatly affect their research. Scientific societies, like the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the Geological Society of America, are well-equipped to act as the liaison between their scientists and decision makers. AGU engages its members, shapes policy, and informs society about the excitement of Earth and space science and its role in developing solutions for the sustainability for the planet.

This presentation will provide a framework for how Earth and space scientists can best communicate their science with policy makers and also include a discussion of relevant science policy issues and budgetary limitations facing geoscientists and society today.