Climate Communications

Underscoring the urgency of climate change by improving public understanding

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In addition to pioneering new technologies and breakthrough research on Arctic warming and weather patterns, Dr. Jennifer Francis is also an accomplished science communicator. Ever since her 2012 paper first introduced the concept that Arctic warming could alter the jet stream and yield more extreme weather events, Dr. Francis has been writing, speaking, and testifying to different audiences to underline the gravity of Arctic warming and the societal risks of the climate crisis.

With articles published in Scientific American and The Old Farmers’ Almanac, Dr. Francis’ conversations about climate and extreme weather have engaged a broad public audience. She has presented to various types of groups, from teachers associations to White House staffers, and appeared in videos and docuseries like Eli Kintisch’s After the Ice and Rainn Wilson’s An Idiot’s Guide to Climate Change. Dr. Francis’ focus on science communication extends to policymakers as well. She testified to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, & Technology in 2019, six years after she testified before the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works in 2013.

Dr. Francis’ excellence in climate communications was recognized by the American Geophysical Union when she received the union’s Climate Science Communication Prize in 2020. With more than a dozen quotes in major media outlets just this year, she continues to use her Arctic expertise in combination with her communications skills to stress the dire urgency of climate action.

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