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1st Edition

Communicating Climate Change
Making Environmental Messaging Accessible

ISBN 9780367479534
Published November 11, 2021 by Routledge
230 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This edited collection focuses on theoretical and applied research-based observations concerning how experts, advocates, and institutions make climate change information accessible to different audiences.

Communicating Climate Change concentrates on three key elements of climate change communication – access, relevance, and understandability – to provide an overview of how these aspects allow multiple groups of stakeholders to act on climate-related information to build resilience. Featuring contributions from a wide range of scholars from across different disciplines, this book explores a multitude of different scenarios and communication methods, including social media; public opinion surveys; participatory mapping; and video. Overall, climate change communication is addressed from three different perspectives: communicating with the public; communicating for stakeholder engagement; and organizational, institutional, risk, and disaster communication.

With each chapter focusing on implications and applications for practice, this book will be of great interest to students and researchers of climate change and environmental communication, as well as practitioners interested in understanding how to better engage stakeholders through climate change-related communication.

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction: The Challenges of Communicating about Climate Change in the Modern Era
  2. Juita-Elena (Wie) Yusuf and Burton St. John III

    Part 1: Communicating with the Public

  3. Asking Questions for Adaptation: Using Public and Stakeholder Surveys as a Tool Within Coastal Climate Change Policy Processes
  4. Karen L. Akerlof, Kristin Timm, Syma A. Ebbin, Jill M. Gambill, Phyllis M. Grifman, Tancred Miller, and Susanne Moser

  5. Engaging Residents in Policy and Planning for Sea Level Rise: Application of the Action-Oriented Stakeholder Engagement for a Resilient Tomorrow (ASERT) Framework
  6. Juita-Elena (Wie) Yusuf, J. Gail Nicula, Daniel P. Richards, Ogechukwu Agim, Michelle Covi, and Khairul A. Anuar

  7. Communicating Within Immersion and Presence: The Use of 360-Degree-Video to Make Climate Change Touchable
  8. Andreas Hebbel-Seeger, Christian Rudeloff, Riccardo Wagner, and Sebastian Pranz

    Part 2: Communicating for Stakeholder Engagement

  9. Communicating and Co-Producing Information with Stakeholders: Examples of Participatory Mapping Approaches Related to Sea Level Rise Risks and Impacts
  10. Pragati Rawat, Khairul A. Anuar, Juita-Elena (Wie) Yusuf, Jon Derek Loftis, and Ren-Neasha Blake

  11. Social Media and Climate Change Dialogue: A Review of the Research and Guidance for Science Communicators
  12. Brooke Fisher Liu and Jiyoun Kim

  13. Key Elements of User Preferences for Flood Alerts and Implications for the Design and Development of Flood Alert or Warning Systems
  14. Donta Council, Tihara Richardson, and Juita-Elena (Wie) Yusuf

    Part 3: Organizational, Institutional, Risk and Disaster Communication

  15. The Standing Rock Water Protests Against Dakota Access Pipeline: Addressing Environmental Degradation Through Indigenous Political Ecology as the "Trickster Science"
  16. Danielle Quichocho and Burton St. John III

  17. Risk Communication in the Tourism Industry
  18. Lindsay E. Usher and Ashley Schroeder

  19. Risk Management and Biases in How Drivers Respond to Nuisance Flooding
  20. Saige Hill, Juita-Elena (Wie) Yusuf, Burton St. John III, Pragati Rawat, and Carol Considine

  21. Rethinking Disaster Communication Ecology: Exploring Context in Isolated Communities in The Philippines
  22. Dennis John F. Sumaylo and Marianne D. Sison

    Part 4: Conclusion

  23. Toward Accessible Messaging and Effective Climate Change Communication

Juita-Elena (Wie) Yusuf and Burton St. John III


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Juita-Elena (Wie) Yusuf is a professor of public service in the Strome College of Business, Old Dominion University (ODU), USA and Assistant Director of the ODU Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience.

Burton St. John III is a professor of public relations and associate chair of the Advertising, Public Relations, and Media Design Department at the University of Colorado–Boulder, USA.