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Jacob Reed, NASA Disasters
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Disasters Program Manager Dr. Shanna McClain. Credits: NASA / Shanna McClain

In the latest episode of the “Ready or Not Change is Coming” podcast, NASA Earth Applied Sciences Disasters Program Manager Dr. Shanna McClain joined NOAA Senior Scientist Dr. Roger Pulwarty and host Tracey Thomas to talk about weather, climate change, and NASA and NOAA’s role in understanding them.

In the episode, titled “Weather”, McClain discusses the differences between weather and climate and how we can study their impacts to society over time. McClain explains that we need to break down silos and use a transdisciplinary approach that includes a diversity of perspectives, and always consider the human element along with the science. McClain also emphasizes the importance of collaboration and open science to solving the climate challenges humanity faces, and that we need to communicate climate science in a way that is accessible and understandable for everyone.

“The better we are at getting people to understand how the science we produce impacts their daily lives, the more involved we'll get society to be,” says McClain.

You can listen to the episode on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or your favorite podcast platform.

 

Shanna McClain speaks with a member of the United Nations Development Programme at a Rohingyan refugee camp. NASA provided the displaced community with data to reduce landslide risk in the refugee camps. NOTE: Some details in this photograph have been digitally obscured. Credits: NASA / Shanna McClain
Dr. Shanna McClain speaks with a member of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at a Rohingyan refugee camp. NASA provided the displaced community with data to reduce landslide risk in the refugee camps. Credits: NASA / Shanna McClain

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