David MacNeill - Understanding and communicating scientific uncertainty

Modified on 03/26/2010 17:36 by J Hurley — Categorized as: Communicating Climate Change, Sea Grant Climate Network Workshop

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Climate change is multi-faceted and is considered a defining issue for the future of mankind. The complexity and unpredictability of the climate system are however, inherent sources of uncertainties that impede human understanding of climate change and decision-making. Uncertainties detract from the credibility of science, not only from its content but also from the scientific processes. As such climate change is an excellent example of science mechanics. Effective human adaptation to climate change requires research and outreach strategies that facilitate improved decision-making under uncertainty and enhance societal confidence in science.

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Since 1987, Dave MacNeill has been an Extension Educator in Great Lakes Fisheries/Ecosystem Science with the NY Sea Grant Program. Dave holds an M.S. in Fisheries from SUNY ESF. Dave’s extension areas Great Lakes fisheries/ecosystem management, fisheries assessment gear, invasive species, uncertainty communication, human dimensions of fisheries, and most recently climate change in the Great Lakes. Dave’s extension programs have received 6 regional awards of excellence from Sea Grant. Dave is an avid outdoorsman and he and his wife Patricia live on a former dairy farm In Oswego County.