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Webinar: An EPIC Dive into Social Science: What is the Community of Community Modeling?
Thursday, 12 May 2022, 3:00
Thursday, May 12, 2022. 3:00 PM. Webinar: An EPIC Dive into Social Science: What is the Community of Community Modeling? Michael Michaud, University of Delaware. Sponsored by OSTI Modeling Division at NWS. More information here. Register here.
Abstract: Over the last several decades, community modeling has become more prevalent within earth system science and is seen as a way to solve our wicked forecasting problems. Most community modeling focuses on the technical infrastructure of designing models overlooking the needed social infrastructure to nurture and connect the people developing the models. This presentation examines key stakeholder perceptions on the meaning of a sense of community within a community model. The key stakeholders interviewed included individuals involved with the Unified Forecast System (UFS) and the Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC) across various sectors of the weather, climate, and water enterprise. Through data from interviews and utilizing theoretical and practical frameworks, this presentation makes recommendations on how EPIC can cultivate necessary social infrastructure through structures like a Community of Practice to continuously engage members to develop a sense of community. In order to utilize the full power of a technical system, members need a sense of community and constant engagement.
Bio(s): Michael Michaud is a Ph.D. candidate in the Disaster Science and Management Program at the University of Delaware. In 2007 he graduated from Lyndon State College (now Northern Vermont University) with a degree in Atmospheric Science. He also earned his Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah in 2016. With backgrounds in both the physical and social sciences, he is passionate about integrating knowledge from the social, behavioral, and economic sciences into the Weather Enterprise. He also sees the importance of building community to promote collaboration, both within the sciences and elsewhere. Michael is also an active member on the American Meteorological Society Board for Societal Impacts.