New studies explore how knowledge drives action in climate change decision-making

Katharine Mach, (center) Ph.D. associate professor of Marine Ecosystems and Society, engaging community members at an Underwater Homeowner’s Association meeting about sea-level rise in Miami. Credit: Cortada Projects

In several new studies, University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science researcher Katharine Mach and colleagues explore the importance of learning and knowledge in environmental decision-making and the different ways in which scientific knowledge can become more relevant and useful for societies.

“Keeping people safe as the climate continues to change is a big challenge,” said Mach, an associate professor of marine ecosystems and society at the UM Rosenstiel School. “Because climate change is long-term with widespread impacts, knowledge of the risks is particularly important for prudent societal investments.”
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